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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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The Small Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea minor--in common with other grass trees--is a slow-growing plant that has a subterranean stem.
CLASS CLASS NAME CLASS OVERALL ACCURACY (%) ACCURACY (%) C1 Alfalfa 65.4 93.86% C2 Corn Nortil 60.8 96.43% C3 Corn Min 57.7 99.28% C4 Corn 65.3 99.87% C5 Grass Pasture 58.9 96.80% C6 Grass Tree 60.9 97.87% C7 Grass Pasture Mowed 76.4 97.90% C8 Hay 63.2 99.91% C9 Oats 50.8 95.85% C10 Soya Notil 76 89.43% C11 Soya Min 64.2 97.37% C12 Soya Clean 58.3 99.09% C13 Wheat 55.2 94.46% C14 Wood 60 98.37% C15 BGT 54.7 93.86% C16 Steel 40.5 95.87%
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.