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Xanthorrhoea preissii with the common name balga, is a widespread species of perennial monocot in Southwest Australia. This plant, and other members of the genus Xanthorrhoea, are also known as blackboys or grass trees. The form of the plant resembles a tree, with very long and bunched, grass-like, leaves that emerge from a central base. The trunk may grow over 3 metres tall, the often blackened appearance is evidence of its ability to withstand fire. The remains of the flammable leaves and the annual regrowth produce banding, allowing the age of the plant to be determined, and giving a record of previous fires in its habitat. The inflorescence appears on an upright spike, 1.5 m to 2.5 m long, between June and December. The sessile flowers, creamy or white, appear more profusely when stimulated by bushfire.
It is found throughout coastal plains, near watercourses, and inland forest regions, in a range extending from Geraldton to Albany and in the Avon Wheatbelt. It occurs on a wide variety of soil types and is sometimes associated with laterite and granite.
The species had a high economic importance to the Noongar people, who named it balga, using the gum it contains, the spike for fish spears, and the bardi grub as a source of food.

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I have a large personal collection of rare named and hybrid Adeniums (desert rose), pachypodium, rare succulents,orchid, shrud, fruit trees, tropical Frangipani (plumeria). Please enquire about any plants you may want, thanks.

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