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.
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
Packing bracts are dark brown at flowering.
Text by D. J. Bedford
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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