Common name: Grass Tree
Xanthorrhoea resinosa Pers. APNI*
Synonyms: Xanthorrhoea resinifera (Sol. ex C.Kite) E.C.Nelson & D.J.Bedford APNI*
Xanthorrhoea resinosa subsp. resinosa Pers. APNI*
Description: Trunk absent or to 0.6 m high; stem usually simple; young leaves in a stiff ± erect spreading tuft.
Leaves transverse-rhombic in T.S., 2–4 mm wide, 1.5–2.5 mm thick, blue-green, glaucous.
Scape usually 0.7–1.5 m long, rarely to 2.2 m, 10–30 mm diam.; spike ± as long as scape or sometimes shorter, 60–120 cm long, 2–4.5 cm diam.; cluster bracts obscure or prominent only at base of spike, shortly acute, densely hirsute; packing bracts shortly acute, densely hirsute, dark brown. Outer tepals shortly acute, without beak or proboscis, hirsute. Inner tepals erect or slightly reflexed, sometimes with proboscis, at least one petal in each flower hirsute on mid-vein and apex on the lower surface.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows in heath or low sclerophyll woodland in seasonally wet sites on sandy soils and on sandstone; Blue Mtns and coastal areas; south from Sydney.
NSW subdivisions: CC, SC, CT
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by D. J. Bedford
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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