Austral Grass-Tree

Xanthorrhoea australis R.Br.

It takes the form of a domed spray of thin wiry grass leaves that emanate from a central trunk. From that centre will eventually sprout a 2m spear shaped flower that is covered in small creamy white and honey scented flowers. The trunk is not wood but just the leftover leaf bases - which is why it takes so long to grow. Grass trees are often very long-lived with some are estimated to be 350 to 450 years old. The main way to identify Xanthorrhoea is by looking at the cross-section of the leaves. In the case of X. australis the cross-section is a rough diamond shape, and the colour of the leaves is a bluish-green.

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What habitats does Xanthorrhoea australis live in?

Common in coastal and inland areas

What is the distribution of Xanthorrhoea australis?

This species can be found in the states of New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria

How big does Xanthorrhoea australis grow?

Height: 3m Width: 1.8m

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