Xanthorrhoea malacophylla 101129-0589
Botanic Gardens, Melbourne See notes under my other shot of this species. My backpack put at base for scale. It is 0.5 metres high. The dense skirt of dead fronds is rarely seen in the wild, as wild plants have generally passed through many fires, which also leave the trunk blackened - hence the name "blackboy" (which some now find slightly offensive and which I avoid using).
Mount Kaputar National Park
Mount Kaputar towers above the surrounding Western Plains of New South Wales, Australia. Protected as the Mount Kaputar National Park, this area is a rugged island of wilderness, it is the remnant from a series of volcanic eruptions that moved through the area between 17 and 21 million years ago.
Xanthorrhoea preissii "Australian Grass Tree"
Specializing in rare and unusual annual and perennial plants, including cottage garden heirlooms and hard to find California native wildflowers.