Wednesday, 2 July 2008

ABC WEDNESDAY


X IS FOR ............
......XANTHORRHOEA

An xanthorrhoea is an extremely slow-growing Australian grass tree. They are often the first plant to reappear after a bushfire has gone through an area.


I took these pictures last Sunday, about a month after a fire burnt through bush next to our local school, & already the new growth was apparent.


Bushfires ,in the wild, are part of the natural cycle of growth & regeneration in the Aussie bush.

The flower of an xanthorrhoea is born on a long vertical spike. You can see 2 flower spikes from last season in the picture below, from an area not burnt out.


If you want to see what others came up with for X, check out Mrs Nesbitt's ABC Wednesday list.

21 comments:

esnorway said...

nice x good shoots to

Greyscale Territory said...

What great shots! And yes! You are right! I do recognise these plants only too well!

Thank you for your comment on my blog. It is great to find another Aussie blogger. I used to live in NSW in Camden, south of Sydney. But I travelled a lot up the north coast to my aunt's place at Canton Beach and further north to UNE!

Müge Tekil said...

What an interesting plant it is! "Xanthorrhoea" is a totally new word for me! Thank you for this very teaching and sympathic post! Have a great Wednesday!

Granny Smith said...

These photos are superb! And thanks for introducing me to such an interesting plant. I think each climatic region has a plant that moves in after a burn - in California it's often California poppies.

Bear Naked said...

That is an eXcellent choice for ABC Wednesday.
Thank you for visiting my blog and wishing me a Happy Canada Day.

Gordon said...

Great shots. I posted this plant in the last ABC round under ABC Wednesdays - Y for yaccas.

reader Wil said...

Your post is very informative and the photos are very beautiful! I hope to find these plants in the part of Oz where my daughter lives. That's Queensland. In two weeks we shall arrive in Cairns.

Denise said...

Such fascinating plants.

Dragonstar said...

Great shots, and nicely educational. Australia has some fascinating plants. This is one of the many I (previously!) knew nothing about.

Miss_Yves said...

E-x-cellent choice !
I didn't know this plant, nor this word !
miss Yves

Liz said...

What a name!

Gorse is very like that, surviving all the fires and flourishing again.

babooshka said...

I knew of these but theycertainly don't grow wround here. A great choice.

me ann my camera said...

What a wonderful photo of the tree. I love the colours and the flow of movement you have captured. Also educational as this is a new X to me.
Lovely.
ann at:
varying seasons
and
nature tales and camera trails

Kelly said...

This was a great choice! I really loved your photos!

Mental P Mama said...

Wonderful photos, and a great X post! I love visiting Australian blogs--I feel like I am on holiday!

AphotoAday said...

A tree that sprouts grass.   How unusual...
Hope you are having a great X day.

RuneE said...

That was a new one to me - thank you for sharing!

kjpweb said...

Pretty Cool "X". They must be the pendant to our Saw Palmetto - also one of the first to grow after fires!
Good shots!
Cheers, Klaus

MmeBenaut said...

Brilliant post CabaC. I have koalas today.

leslie said...

Wow, what a fantastically hardy plant! Great post. :D

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