Xanthorrhoea australis

Common name: 

Austral Grass-tree

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

All regions except Murray Mallee, Riverina, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Snowfields, (BCDEHJKMNPRSTUVWXZ) also SA, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Sandy soils in heathlands or on rocky hillsides1

Flower description:

Membranous perianth1

Habit:

Grass-tree to 4 m tall2

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The flower-bearing section of the flowering spike is longer than the non-flowering section. A large stem/trunk develops in older specimens. Leaves are rhomboidal in cross-section2,1

Images:
Image of Xanthorrhoea australis
Image of Xanthorrhoea australis Image: David Meagher
Image of Xanthorrhoea australis Image: Gill Brown
Image of Xanthorrhoea australis Image: Gill Brown
Conservation status:

Not threatened

References:

1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria
2 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.