One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Australian tree or erect shrub with long, stiff grass-like leaves. Flowering in some species is stimulated by fire.Also called grass tree
- ‘Well just here you've got the grass tree, or as some people used to call them, blackboys.’
- ‘But then the impression is spiked by a ‘blackboy’ at the roadside, a stout trunk sprouting grass, and by the ragged-barked trees that just don't behave as they do at home.’
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