grass tree

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grass tree (plural grass trees)

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  1. An Australian plant of the genus Xanthorrhoea, having a thick trunk crowned with a dense tuft of pendulous, grass-like leaves, from whose centre arises a long stem, bearing at its summit a dense flower spike looking somewhat like a large cat-tail.
  2. A similar Australian plant (Kingia australis).

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