grass tree definition

  • noun:
    • some of a number of woody-stemmed Australian plants of this genus Xanthorrhoea, having rigid grasslike leaves, palmlike stems, and a spike of little white flowers.
    • An Australian plant regarding the genus Xanthorrhoea, having a thick trunk crowned with a dense tuft of pendulous, grass-like leaves, from whose centre occurs a lengthy stem, bearing at its summit a dense flower spike looking notably like a large cat-tail.
    • the same Australian plant (Kingia australis).
    • gaunt Tasmanian evergreen shrubby tree with slim tapering leaves less than six legs long
    • elegant tree having either a single trunk or a branching trunk each with terminal groups of long slim leaves and large panicles of fragrant white, yellowish or purple blossoms; New Zealand
    • any one of a number of Australian evergreen perennials having brief thick woody stems crowned by a tuft of grasslike foliage and producing acaroid resins
  • others:
    • An Australian plant regarding the genus Xanthorrhœa, having a thick trunk crowned with a dense tuft of pendulous, grasslike leaves, through the center which arises an extended stem, bearing at its summit a dense rose spike searching notably like a sizable cat-tail. These plants are often known as “blackboys” through the large trunks denuded and blackened by fire. They give two forms of fragrant resin, called Botany-bay gum, and Gum Acaroides.
    • A similar Australian plant (Kingia australis).
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