Lomandra glauca (R.Br.) Ewart

Pale Mat-rush

Proc. Roy. Soc. Victoria new ser. 28: 220 (1916)

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Threat status:Victoria: data deficient (k)

Tussocks slender, sometimes loosely mat-forming. Leaves flat or slightly concave, erect or somewhat curved, c. 15–30 cm long, 0.8–1.5 mm wide, usually distinctly glaucous; basal sheath abruptly narrowed distally, soon shredding into fine fibres, usually brownish; apex rounded-truncate to shortly acute, sometimes with a minute central point. Male inflorescence simple or branched, usually from one-quarter to half as long as leaves; non-flowering axis not or shortly exposed above leaf-bases; female inflorescence a single globular cluster to c. 1 cm diam., subsessile. Bracts at the base of each cluster of flowers obscured by flowers, pale golden-brown. Flowers with outer and inner perianth yellow. Male flowers c. 2 mm long; female flowers c. 3 mm long. Pale Mat-rush. Flowers Sep.–Nov.

EGL, EGU, GipP, GGr, HSF, MuM, OtP, Strz, WaP, Wim. Also Qld, NSW. Recorded from heathland and heathy woodland in the Yarram–Sale area and from dryish, rocky sites inland and further to the east (e.g. Avon Wilderness, Buchan and Orbost areas, Howe Range).

A few specimens from the Yarram area appear rather intermediate between Lomandra glauca and L. nana, having leaf-sheaths which are shredded, pale and tapered gradually at the top, and inflorescences occasionally branched.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-09-22
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-02-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Lomandra
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lomandra glauca in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lomandra glauca in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Greater Grampians present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native

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New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory