XANTHORRHOEA is the botanical name for Grass Tree. The name comes from the Greek word Xanthos, meaning ‘to flow’. The name was inspired by the sap that flows from the stem of the Grass Tree.
It’s been a week full of flow. Tears of loss and outrage have flowed in the community for the lack of care shown to hundreds of Grass Trees in Grantville, removed to make way for the expansion of a sandmine. Community members who saw them last weekend, said that many of the uprooted Grass Trees were dead or dying from the recent hot weather we have had.
Some of the Grass Trees were over 200 years old and pre-dated colonisation. They were beautiful and a significant part of a living and ancient eco-system. We are all diminished by their removal and subsequent loss.