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Here in Cainbable, and across the surrounding ridges, Xanthorrhoea trees(Grass Trees) are naturally occurring and plentiful.

We collect some of the spikes from Xanthorrhoeas on our property each year and collect the seeds that they produce.

After the spikes appear, there is a flowering period where the birds, bees and insects go nuts for the Xanthorrhoea flowers. After flowering, the Xanthorrhoea spikes set their seed.

 

You can see the flowers on a Xanthorrhoea spike showing flowers spike in the image on the right.

Quite often we will see these spikes covered in native bees, Rainbow Lorikeets and butterflies  – such as the Common Jezebel.

Xanthorrhoea spike showing flowers