A Grasstree

Beacuse I like them.

Autumn colours behind for a nice bit of contrast.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 2nd May 2010, This photo: 1:59pm


  • [ Kane ] said:
    I like them also ;)
  • Panorama Paul said:
    If David and Kane both like them... then I like them too! :)
    I'm also wondering about those trees in the background... what species are those? Hey David... did you know that Australia and South Africa are currently debating (probably arguing) who owns the right to call an Acacia tree an Acacia? Looks like you guys are winning the argument though... :)
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Panorama Paul wrote If David and Kane both like them... then I
    like them too! :)
    You better.... they are an Australian native taking many many years to grow... this one pictured is probably 20+ years old.
  • SkattyKat said:
    What better reason :-)
    oh & for the record - I like them too :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed, what's not to like - gotta like a tree that at it's speediest grows about 2.5cm per year, and can be a lot slower. A 5m tall specimen can be between 200 and 600 years old.
    Oh and the trees behind I think are introduced Pin-Oaks (almost no native Australian trees are deciduous).
    As for Acacias - we have a huge variety of them here, so they probably started here :P
    Everybody likes the Grasstree :) (even if they had a completely non-P.C. name when I was a kid).
  • aramisfirefly said:
    Interesting choice there Dave :) I think I like them too.
  • maasha said:
    (!#@*$6!@#^ political correct Aussies ggrrrr)
  • SkattyKat said:
    lol Derr - now I know what P.C is .... just a little slow on the uptake
  • Cobra_11 said:
    How interesting! I've never seen one of these.. Wonderful plant! And the autumn colour contrast turned out great!
  • David de Groot said:
    They're an interesting plant :)
    Yeah that's one of them "black boy" was what we knew them as.
    Yeah you won't see these anywhere except Australia, unless they're in a Botanical Garden or have been imported.
  • looby88 said:
    the jury's out here, I dont think I like it, but I'm not sure, our slowest oldest growing trees would probably be oaks and yews, but they are definitely trees, whereas this looks like a grass.... ; ). The nearest thing to it would be a fern- those huge ones they grown in NZ,
    still if you like it then its okay !!
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh this one is very young. They can grow to 5m or so, but it takes a very very very long time to do so. Eventually it'll grow a 1-2m long stalk out of the middle with seedhead on the end that flowers, and then develops seeds.
    They're very hardy, being able to survive bushfires, etc, and don't require a lot of water. Both pretty important traits for plants out here.
  • looby88 said:
    Oh if they do all of that then I do like them after all !!
    I set fire to 2 pampas grass the other day, I wanted to dig them up, but they are vicious things, I ended up setting fire to my bank as well... I had to laugh as I ferried water very, very quickly up the garden to dampen it a bit before I could get out the hose ! Within days the pampas is growing again very nicely ( now dug out ) the bank looks dire , well 4x5 feet of it anyway !!
  • David de Groot said:
    See now I had visions of you setting fire to an actual Bank (the kind that apparently stores money). An amusing thought indeed.