Grass Trees or Xanthorrhoea - uniquely Australian
Grass trees are very much part of the Australian landscape and uniquely Australian. They fascinated the first European settlers, since they were unlike any other known plant, with a difficult to pronounce and even more difficult to spell botanical name of Xanthorrhoea.
The flower spike, comprising thousands of tiny lily-like flowers, may be several metres high and provide a huge nectar resource when flowering and an unusually wide range of pollinators visit them, from gliders, bats and other mammals at night, to insects, honeyeaters and lorikeets during the day.
We have several in our HideAway Haven garden and I love discovering them during my walks through the bush. I always feel sad when huge areas are cleared for housing and these beautiful bushes just disappear..