Asphodelaceae (asphodel family) Xanthorrhoea

Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata grass tree

Xanthorrhoea quadrangulata east of Green Library (since moved to Arizona Garden). John Rawlings, ca. 2004

The 2-foot woody stem, topped with grasslike leaves 2 to 4 feet long, will slowly lengthen until the plant reaches 12 to 15 feet. Situated near a bench on Galvez Mall, east of Green Library, it was dug up at the beginning of 2005 and moved to the Arizona Garden. The resulting pit on Galvez Mall can still be seen like an abandoned prospect.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. John Rawlings noted the transplanting. Family name changed from Liliaceae to Asphodelaceae Jul 2019 (SP).