Lambertia formosa alias the Mountain Devil, gets it’s name from the 2 prominent horns on the 2 valved stalkless woody follicles (the woody fruits). The shrub grows to about 2 m high.

From the Family Proteaceae, Lambertia is a small genus of about 11 species, ten of which which occur in the south of Western Australia. Lambertia formosa is endemic to New South Wales.

The Mountain Devil is a spreading large multi-stemmed shrub up to 2 metres high and 2 metres wide. It has a lignotuber (which it can regenerate from after a bush fire). The red flowers can appear any time of the year, although they more commonly appear during winter and spring.

Lambertia is named after the English patron of botany Aylmer Bourke Lambert (1761-1842).

Following images of the Mountain Devil was photographed in early August in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.

Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa)
Mountain Devil (Lambertia formosa)

Erect shrub up to 2 m high, with hairy branchlets.
Leaves: linear to narrow-oblanceolate, 3-7 cm long and 5 mm wide, usually in whorls of 3 dark green, leaves shiny on top, with lower surface paler and hairy, entire margins, tip sharply pointed.
Flowers: spring, summer (can be found flowering other times of the year); tubular, red, in terminal clusters of 7, surrounded by reddish-green bracts about 5 cm long.
Fruit: up to 2.5 cm long, shortly beaked with 2 prominent horns. Found: widespread on the coast and nearby ranges, in heath and open forest, NSW.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Order: Proteales
  • Family: Proteaceae
  • Genus: Lambertia
  • Species: L. formosa
  • Binomial name: Lambertia formosa