Wednesday, 2 July 2008
X IS FOR ............
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.