A close up and ‘in the field’ insert of this fascinating variant of the grass tree. Formerly called ‘black boys’ this name has fallen into disrepute after a spate of ‘political correctness’.
Xanthorrhoea is an Australian native plant genus. Commonly called grass trees, Xanthorrhoea plants are also known as balga grass to the Australian aborigines, which is their word for black boy. The Aborigines probably called these plants balga because after a wild fire, the bottom leaves burn away revealing a singed black trunk with long green reed like leaves extending from the top of the trunk giving the appearance of child like black figures.
This specimen was photographed in coastal heathland at lake Ainsworth, Lennox head, north coast NSW