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Grass Tree
Xanthorrhoeaceae
Xanthorrhoea


Esselean
Esselean

Xanthorrhoeaceae Family

Xanthorrhoea Genus
Other Names for this Plant

Blackboy


Location

East coast Australia

Physical Description
The Grass Tree (formerly known by the less politically correct name of Blackboy) is a uniquely Australian plant and is a common sight throughout the Australian bushland. It resembles a clump of spiky grass like leave on a stout black trunk. Occasionally it will produce a flower stem from the center of the leaf clump which can reach up to 2m high.


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General Information

The Aboriginal people of Australia had a range of uses of the Grass Tree.

The tall flower stem was used as a lightweight spear for fishing etc.

Flowers can be dunked into water to produce a sweet drink.

The white base of the leaves can be eaten and have a rather bland sweetish-starch taste.

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