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|Shot of a flower spike from the native Xanthorrhoea Australis commonly called a Grass Tree, Blackboy or Austral Grass Tree... |
The Grass Tree is a uniquely Australian plant, which epitomises the Australian landscape and is as tough as goats' knees. It will withstand drought. Bushfires will burn the foliage and blacken the stump, but then it regrows. In fact often a bushfire will encourage flower development. When it does flower, it produces spikes, which can grow up to two metres and which eventually turn brown. They grow best on stony slopes in dry sclerophyll forest.
Xanthorrhoeas are ancient plants. Their lineage can be traced to the time of the super-continent, Gondwana. Individual plants can survive for centuries. Their growth rate is extremely slow, for example, it takes about 75 years to produce a one metre high trunk.
To the Aborigines it was a valuable food source. Young leaf stalks make a sweet vegetable snack and the tasty bardy grub often inhabits the crown of the plant, where it can do considerable damage. When the flower stalks emerge they are a rich nectar source and this was sucked or emersed in water to yield a sweet honey-like liquid.
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this looks very interesting, I've never seen such a plant. Seems to be very attractive for the insects.
Thanks for sharing and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda