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Grass trees

Grass trees
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Copyright: vickie Horton szar (vickie) (49)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-29
Categories: Trees
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/15 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
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Date Submitted: 2008-03-30 0:12
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Points: 4
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Grass trees from the Grampians in western Victoria. These would be around 150yrs old.

The grass tree Xanthorrhoea is a uniquely Australian plant, which epitomises the Australian landscape and is as tough as goats' knees. It will withstand drought. Bushfires will burn the foliage and blacken the stump, but then it regrows. In fact often a bushfire will encourage flower development.

When it does flower, it produces spikes, which can grow up to two metres and which eventually turn brown. Just tap the seeds onto a seed raising mix, cover lightly, water and before long, you will have a new crop of Xanthorrhoeas. Don't expect miracles, because it can take 20 years for just a trunk to form . and it will take years for one to reach its full height.
-From Gardening Australia.

Not a shot addded for its photographic qualities, instead added for nature interest.

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Hi Vickie,
Nice natural Australian landscape showing a group of Grass Trees, looks like a recent bush fire passed though with that eerier grey fog in the background, well framed and composed, Cheers Rick :)

A very good representation of an endemic flora specimen under the soft illumination of open shade ambient lighting Vickie, a fine and interesting forest floor scene my friend, TFS indeed!

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