The Grass Tree Forests of Cape York

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A micro-colony of xanthorrhoea johnsonii in a Grasstree forest.

They are sometimes called Cape York Grass Trees. The xanthorrhoea-johnsonii Is a pretty cool plant.
In the right conditions they form colonies, usually on hill crests, away from wet country.

These photos were taken roughly 50 kilometres North of Laura, on the Peninsula Development Road.

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A pair of Cape York Grasstrees, showing the angle of the flower stalks

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A small sample of the Grasstree forests of Cape York. Some of these plants are hundreds of years old.

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This one is nearly three metres tall

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Grasstrees are also very resilient in their native habitat.

More on the genus can be found on Wikipedia.

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