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Old Sep 16, 2006, 12:01 AM   #1
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A photo of a Grass Tree which is very very common in the Perth Coastal Plain.

They are very slow growing reputed to be about an inch per year. They thrive on being burnt by bushfires when the lower greenery burns away leaving the black trunk (used to be known as Black Boys).

This is one native plant that readily adapts to cultivation and is widely used in this area in parks,roadsides and as specimens in gardens. They are often deliberately burnt to assist growth. It isillegal to dig up and remove native trees and plants and big fines are imposed to those who do. However trees can legally be obtained when ground is being cleared by developers. Locally, a developer with Council agreement is selling the trees for $50 which considering they need the use of a front end loader is reasonable


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Old Sep 16, 2006, 9:00 AM   #2
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Wow nature is strange but wonderful...thrives on being burnt. Amazing. Thanks for sharing your very nice photo and interesting info. Donna
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Old Sep 16, 2006, 9:13 AM   #3
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Very unusual looking tree, Fred. Also, an interesting tidbit of nature.

Thanks for sharing.
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wow bootneck....never heard of this kind of tree....an interesting species, that is for sure!!!
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Old Sep 16, 2006, 11:12 AM   #5
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A really interesting plant. The trees in the background sure look dry.
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Neat shot Fred ! Looks like it would be difficult to climb that tree! :-) Jim
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Old Sep 16, 2006, 9:57 PM   #7
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Thanks all for looking and comments. Yes the trees in the background do look dry. We like many parts are experiencing drought conditions with winter rainfall (when we get all our rain) less than half normal with damns at about 38%
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