Xanthorrhoea sp. (possibly X. latifolia)
When I see Grass Trees I think of the Australian bush with all its quintessential sights, sounds, and smells. I'm inclined to think this particular spotting is Xanthorrhoea latifolia, simply because it is quite common in D'aguilar National Park. There are, however, 28 species and five subspecies of Xanthorrhoea. As well as Xanthorrhoea latifolia, other species which occur naturally in Queensland include: X. johnsonii, X. fulva, X. glauca, and X. macronema. The various Xanthorrhoea species would have originated in the times of Gondwana. Old-timers indeed!
Dense forest and heath on the ridge at Westridge Outlook in D'aguilar National Park west of Brisbane. Everything is lush and green and moist due to recent rains.
The most widely known common name for Xanthorrhoea is Black Boy. This name refers to the purported similarity in appearance of the trunked species to an Aboriginal boy holding an upright spear. Some people now consider this name to be offensive, or at least belonging to the past, preferring instead to use the name Grass Tree. The last photo in this series shows the velvety spear, and it's quite a weird looking thing. I would love to see the spear fruiting.
Lat: -27.36, Long: 152.76
Spotted on Jul 13, 2013
Submitted on Jul 14, 2013