Xanthorrhoea australis (grass trees) in flower
Grass trees (Xanthorrhoea australis) flowering in the Brisbane Ranges, October 2006. Ten months earlier, the National Park was in flames. Although nearby homes were destroyed in January 2006, no human lives were lost in the week-long bushfire.
The short-term effects of bushfire can appear severe, but occasional fire is part of the normal reproductive cycle for many Australian flora species.
The Brisbane Ranges National Park is home to 619 plant species, around one-fifth of Victoria's native flora including some particularly rare wildflowers, and more than 180 bird species.
The Wotjobaluk, Wathaurung and Gunai/Kurnai people of Victoria used Xanthorrhoea for food, drink, fibre and making implements.