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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.
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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
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grass′ tree`


n.
any Australian plant of the genus Xanthorrhoea, lily family, having a stout woody stem bearing a tuft of grasslike leaves.
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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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During a class in Plant Biology at Deakin University, I was fortunate to be able to examine the anatomy of the Grey Grass-tree Xanthorrhoea glauca subsp.
Plantings include grass trees (Xanthorrhoea latifolia), Midyim berries (Austromyrtus dulcis), quinine bush (Petalostigma triloculare), pigface (Corpabratus glaucescens), peanut tree (Sterulia quadrifida), native grasses (Poa labillardieri), Devil's Marbles (Eremophila debilis) and Australian cornflower (Rhaponticum austral).
(2011) found that Xanthorrhoea preissii (grass trees) can serve as refugia for some invertebrates during fire, although significant mortality was detected.
Over the next ten years, she produced a series of portraits set against the river and the Indian Ocean, and pursued an analysis of plant forms such as the zamia palm, xanthorrhoea, banksia, and the majestic melaleuca, to brilliant effect.
botanical works of art made from balga (Xanthorrhoea preissii) leaves) and intangible heritage (e.g.
2f, g, h and i) were traditionally considered to be closely related to the Australian grass tree Xanthorrhoea Smith (Xanthorrhoeaceae), based largely on strong (but superficial) vegetative similarities between Xanthorrhoea and Kingia (Hutchinson 1934; Cronquist 1981).
Koilie is a Nyungar term for 'boomerang' and the gum that Hammond refers to is biriny, an adhesive produced using the resin of the Balga or Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea preisii) (McGuire 2009).
They belong to the genus Xanthorrhoea and regrow quickly after a fire, within a year or so, and then begin flowering again.
A few days later north of the service town Coonabarabran, we happened upon the remarkable thaumastocorid species, Baclozygum brachypterum Slater, finding it on the enigmatic Australian plant genus Xanthorrhoea (= grass trees), the first host record for the species.
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.