CANNA LILY (WEED)
Canna x orchiodes, Fam. Cannaceae
Perennial rhizomatous, unbranched, upright, glabrous herb to 1.5m tall.
|Form or habit:||Herb|
Alternate elliptic, up to 450 x 250mm, apex pointed, base narrowed into open tubular sheath, margins entire.
|Flower colour:||Yellow to gold|
|Flower description:||Irregular, borne above foliage on cane-like terminal spikes or on 2-flowered branches. Large, showy, yellow to gold with dark markings, up to 120 x 60mm.|
|Fruit description:||Does not produce viable seeds.|
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|Weed status:||Environmental/garden escapee|
|Notes:||Spread by: Water, garden waste, vegetatively from rhizomes. Invades: Creek banks, Melaleuca forest, open wetlands and roadsides. Notes: Survives wet conditions. Indian Shot (C. indica) is the most often encountered species in this area. Canna Lily (C x orchiodes) is a cultivated hybrid and does not produce viable seeds but reproduces vegetatively from rhizomes. A population has been recorded from near Hay Point. Environmental weed.|
|Information sources:||Mackay Regional Pest Management Group (2011) Weeds of the Mackay Whitsunday Region.|