|Copyright: Odile Young (OPYphoto)
|Date Taken: 2014-05-25|
|Camera: canon 600D|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-05-31 0:09|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Grasstrees just do not seem to belong: a wavy trunk, blackened by numerous bushfires, capped by a skirt of dead brown leaves, with a green mop of long thin leaves at the top. After a fire, the whole lot ends in a long 2-3m tall ‘spear’ with thousand of small white flowers. The trunk is actually hollow, with a ring made of the base of the leaves, bonded together by a strong dark brown sap which the Australian Aborigines used as glue.|
The Grasstrees are monocots, related to Day Lilies. There are about 25 species, as characteristic of Australia as the Kangaroos. This particular species is Xanthorrhoea preissii or Balga, and is endemic to the South West of Western Australia. The tall specimen here could be 200 or more years old. Multiple trunks are not uncommon in older plants.
This Grasstree is growing in a Powderbark Wandoo (Eucalyptus accedens) woodland. The coloured bark is typical of this particular Eucalypt, making for a striking forest of orange trunks. A magic place.
This photo is a composite of 3 different exposures.
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