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grass tree

n.
Any of several woody-stemmed Australian plants of the genus Xanthorrhoea, having stiff grasslike leaves and a spike of small white flowers that emerge after fire.

grass tree

n
1. (Plants) Also called: black boy, yacca or yacka any plant of the Australian genus Xanthorrhoea, having a woody stem, stiff grasslike leaves, and a spike of small white flowers: family Xanthorrhoeaceae. Some species produce fragrant resins. See also acaroid gum
2. (Plants) any of several similar Australasian plants

grass′ tree`


n.
any Australian plant of the genus Xanthorrhoea, lily family, having a stout woody stem bearing a tuft of grasslike leaves.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grass tree - elegant tree having either a single trunk or a branching trunk each with terminal clusters of long narrow leaves and large panicles of fragrant white, yellow or red flowersgrass tree - elegant tree having either a single trunk or a branching trunk each with terminal clusters of long narrow leaves and large panicles of fragrant white, yellow or red flowers; New Zealand
Cordyline, genus Cordyline - Asiatic and Pacific trees or shrubs; fragments of the trunk will regrow to form whole plants
tree - a tall perennial woody plant having a main trunk and branches forming a distinct elevated crown; includes both gymnosperms and angiosperms
2.grass tree - any of several Australian evergreen perennials having short thick woody stems crowned by a tuft of grasslike foliage and yielding acaroid resins
genus Xanthorroea, Xanthorroea - grass trees; sometimes placed in family Xanthorrhoeaceae
arborescent plant - having the shape or characteristics of a tree
3.grass tree - gaunt Tasmanian evergreen shrubby tree with slender tapering leaves 3 to 5 feet longgrass tree - gaunt Tasmanian evergreen shrubby tree with slender tapering leaves 3 to 5 feet long
Australian heath - any heathlike plant of the family Epacridaceae; most are of the Australian region
genus Richea, Richea - evergreen trees or shrubs of mountains of Australia and Tasmania
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Tuesday, February 26 St Nicholas Cathedral Flower Fellowship, Newcastle, practical, Bear Grass Tree, by K Gibson and M Vickers, St Nicholas Cathedral, 10am.
Further chapters discuss Xanthorrhoea grass tree medicines with descriptions of early botanical collections in Australia, the medical resource of grass tree resin and its uses as a food, fuel and varnish; floral emissaries covering areas such as Banks' Florilegium naming the genus Eucalyptus, Australian carnivorous plants, bottlebrush, Telopea, Banksia, Grevillea and Hakea.
There are some familiar names - Hillmorton Lock, a small linoprint by Eric Gaskell, two small dry points by Bruno Cavellec and The Alchemist's Grass Tree, a sculpture from scrap drinks cans by Val Hunt.