|Author: ||Robert Brown, 1826|
|Soil: ||Mix -
|Sun: ||Medium - Maximum|
|Names: ||Black Gin, Bullanock |
Kingia argentea, Endl.|
Kingia australis var. argentea, K.Krause.
This member of the Dasypogonaceae family was described by Robert Brown in 1826. It is found in
western Australia, growing in rather heavy soil with some water and some to lots of sun. It is a slow grower; 1,5 centimetres a year, but will reach a height of six metres or more. The flowers are yellowish, and a sure way to distinguish them from
Xanthorrhoea, which occurs in same areas.
Kingia and Xanthorrhoea are biologically quite distinct and are not closely related. For example,
Xanthorrhoea has a secondary thickening meristem in the trunk (Dracaenoid secondary thickening meristem), whereas
Kingia lack this feature.
The genera is named after Philip Gidley King and Philip Parker King.
The species name
australis meaning 'southern' in Latin.