grass tree

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grass tree (plural grass trees)

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  1. An Australian plant of the genus Xanthorrhoea (order: Asparagales, 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 New Zealand shrub of the genus Dracophyllum - grows up to 12 m high and found throughout in drier climates and at higher altitudes. Has slender erect or spreading branches. Rigid, leathery grass-like leaves are usually crowded towards the tip of the branchlets. Also called spiderwood.
  3. A similar Australian plant, Kingia australis (family: Dasypogonaceae).
  4. Dasylirion longissimum (family: Asparagaceae), the Mexican grass tree
  5. Dracophyllum (family: Ericaceae), a genus of about 100 species.
  6. Richea pandanifolia (family Ericaceae), the giant grass tree.