|Large (and very beautiful) X. glauca along the Mount Kiangarow Track, Bunya Mountains NP, Queensland.|
In general the species are not distinguished at common name level, though some are, at least locally.
|These Desert Grass-trees X. thorntonii on the Mereeni Loop Road in central Australia|
exhibit the typical rough grass-tree stem, formed by the ends of the leaf bases.
This is the only grass-tree that grows in the central deserts.
|Cross-section of grass-tree stem.|
Note that in this old stem the inner fibrous material has rotted away - the trunk isn't truly hollow.
See Gregg Muller's helpful comment below on this aspect.
|X. semiplana flowers Wanilla CP, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.|
|Unburnt X. glauca flower spike growing by road in Goobang NP, New South Wales.|
|X. platyphylla flowering in a burnt landscape, Fitzgerald River NP, Western Australia.|
Each leaf base protects a growing bud, which starts growing immediately the living leaf is burnt off.
|Mass post-fire flowering of X. australis, Brisbane Ranges NP, Victoria.|
|Hoverfly Family Syrphidae revelling in the abundant nectar of X. glauca, Goobang NP.|
|Seed cases - many of them opened - on X. semiplana, Wanilla CP, South Australia.|
|X. glauca overlooking the dry plains of inland south-east Queensland, Bunya Mountains NP.|
|Ancient X. glauca, Bunya Mountains NP.|