Xeronema

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Xeronema
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Liliopsida
Order:Asparagales
Family:Hemerocallidaceae
Genus:Xeronema
Species

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Xeronema is a genus of flowering plants in the family Hemerocallidaceae containing two species.

The Poor Knights lily (Xeronema callistemon) is endemic to the Poor Knights Islands and Taranga Island in the north of New Zealand. It was discovered in 1924.

The Poor Knights lily has unusual bottlebrush flower clusters that grow horizontally, looking like a giant red toothbrush. The flower stalks start out vertical and then take a curious turn sideways. Stunning red flowers then emerge straight up from the stalk, with bright orange pollen. The total length of the flowering portion is about 8-10 inches long, although potentially they can grow to 18 inches. It can reach a height of one metre.

Another species (Xeronema moorei) is found in New Caledonia.

References

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