Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Grass Trees

The grass tree is a distinct Australian plant found squatting under forest trees or clinging to rock ledges. The first to show shoots after fire, its tall cream flower becomes a long lasting brown spike.

Photo: Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea media)
at Bridal Veil Lookout

Words to walk with:
From Field Notes from Mount Bakewell by John Kinsella
“Quartz outcrops packed in soil,
crumbling with sheep trails and frantic climbs,
sheoak, York gum, jam tree,
xanthorrhoea lean back to correct
the incline, against the vertical”

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