The farther to the north, the more often the special moisture-bearing palms that grow only in Queensland come across. They are a man’s height and have a curly black top – that’s why the first white settlers mistook these trees for Aborigines dumbfounded by surprise and called “black boys”. In our time, such a phrase is politically incorrect, now they say “grass palms.” They grow only one centimeter per year, and by height you can determine how old each tree is – at the same time, three hundred years old is considered very young.
In a fire, these tops burn only the tops. But after a few years two grow on the place of one top. Seeing on a moonlit night a “black boy” with two heads, the British fled in horror. But, getting used to it, they learned how to extract water from the trunks of a grass palm. Continue reading