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Xanthorrhoea arborea R.Br.
Family Xanthorrhoeaceae
Xanthorrhoea arborea R.Br. APNI*

Description: Trunk usually 1–2 m high; stem simple or branched; crown 1-many, each an uneven hemisphere or older leaves falling away from new upright tuft.

Leaves narrowly transverse-rhombic to transverse-linear or concave in T.S., 5–7 mm wide, 0.8–1.9 mm thick, green or dull green, glaucous.

Scape usually 1.3–1.6 m long, rarely to 2.1 m, 12–16 mm diam.; spike two-thirds to as long as scape, 100–150 cm long, 2.5–2.8 cm diam.; cluster bracts obscure; packing bracts shortly acute, occasionally acute, fringed to moderately hirsute. Outer tepals shortly acute, without proboscis, beaked, usually subglabrous to ± hirsute on lower surface. Inner tepals recurved, with proboscis, glabrous except a terminal tuft of very short hairs.

Photo J. & P. Edwards

Flowering: January–April

Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sclerophyll forest, usually in sheltered sites, in sand or on sandstone; from Rylstone to just south of Sydney.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT
AVH map***

Packing bracts are dark brown at flowering.

Text by D. J. Bedford
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)

APNI* Provides a link to the Australian Plant Name Index (hosted by the Australian National Botanic Gardens) for comprehensive bibliographic data
***The AVH map option provides a detailed interactive Australia wide distribution map drawn from collections held by all major Australian herbaria participating in the Australian Virtual Herbarium project.
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