Wattle Mat-rush

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©Colleen Miller

Lomandra filiformis


Compact tuft or dense mat. Stiff bluish-green to green leaves with inrolled edges up to 25 cm long and 1.5 cm wide, with a pointed tip.


Details
Flora Type
Sedges, rushes
Distinctive Features

Cream to bright yellow flower spikes held near base of tuft. Clusters of roundish capsules (fruit) develop along the flower spikes, turning brown when ripe.

Biology

Perennial. Male and female flowers on separate plants.

Native Status
Native
Flowering Time

Oct-Nov

Taxonomy
Phylum
Tracheophyta (Vascular Plants)
Class
Magnoliopsida (Flowering Plants)
Order
Asparagales
Family
Asparagaceae
Genus
Lomandra
Species
filiformis

The dominant species in Lomandra tussock grasslands in South Australia where it is known as Irongrass. Seeds are eaten by native birds. Attracts butterflies and provides food for caterpillars of native butterflies and moths. This species was used by Aboriginal people for weaving dilly bags.


Interesting Facts
Native Status
Native