Mountain Devil

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Mountain Devil
Lambertia formosa

Mountain Devil
Although it has a glorious vivid red flower, the Mountain Devil is named after the woody "fruit" it bears.

The Mountain Devil is mainly found around Sydney and adjoining ranges. It grows up to 2 metres tall and each leaf ends in a sharp point.

There's only one species of the Lambertia genus on the east coast - but a further 9 in Western Australia.

The genus is endemic to Australia.

Mountain Devil
It typically has a cluster of seven flowers - although clusters occasionally have more flowers - see image on right.

Mountain Devil
Mountain Devil
Although primarily spring flowering, some flowers are produced throughout the year.

The red and green buds are spectacular in their own right, providing an iridescent show as they unfold into flowers which are 50mm tall.

The leaves of the Mountain Devil are very distinctive.


Mountain Devil
Pollinated by birds, a cluster of flowers usually produces only one Mountain Devil. However it is not uncommon for two, three and even four "devils" to emerge.

The Mountain Devil darkens and hardens like the wood it is.

The devils are 20mm tall.

Mountain Devil

Here are some more images of the woody fruit of the Mountain Devil, both newly formed and aged.

Mountain Devil
Mountain Devil
Mountain Devil

The photos were taken in the Lane Cove National Park and in the upper Blue Mountains.