Wednesday, January 9, 2008

ABC Wednesdays - Y for yaccas


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This is a photo of some yaccas or grass trees. They grow in parts of South Australia, but this photo was taken in the Grampians in western Victoria. Mostly you see yaccas with a brown dried stalk. New flowering stalks shoot up in response to a fire or drought.

"It's hard yacca mate." This is a colloquial Australian expression meaning that something is hard work. Yaccas are harvested manually using digging tools; a laborious task. In South Australia commercial harvesting now only occurs on Kangaroo Island. Gum from yaccas is used for resins and varnishes.

This is my first post on ABC Wednesdays, but if I had started last time I would have had an X photo; this one! The botanical name for the yacca is xanthorrhoea.

8 comments:

dot said...

Interesting post. Welcome to ABC Wednesday!

RuneE said...

Welcome to the club! The only Yaccas we see around here are bought in pots at a florist. Nice to see real ones!

Deb said...

Hi, welcome to ABC Wed. I've never seen those trees b4. Great photo! :)

dabrah said...

Came to your blog via another blog, and then got sidetracked doing a round-the-world tour of Daily Photo members! Back again, now, and thought I'd say I enjoyed looking at your blog. Nice photos.

Clarice said...

I have one of these in my garden and it flowers! It must be global warming or impending doom or something.

brian said...

very nice photo! I used to have one of these (slightly different variety) in my yard. The stalks are big!

Hyde DP said...

Nice one Gordon - I do ABC Wed on my other blog!

mrsnesbitt said...

Welcome aboard! We will be starting again soon. Great post, always interesting!