Webster 1913 Edition

Grass tree

Grass′ tree′

An Australian plant of the genus
, having a thick trunk crowned with a dense tuft of pendulous, grasslike leaves, from the center of which arises a long stem, bearing at its summit a dense flower spike looking somewhat like a large cat-tail. These plants are often called “blackboys” from the large trunks denuded and blackened by fire. They yield two kinds of fragrant resin, called
Botany-bay gum
, and
Gum Acaroides
A similar Australian plant (
Kingia australis