Lomandra filiformis (Thunb.) Britten

Ill. Bot. Cook’s Voy. 3: 95, t. 314 (1905) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tussocks small and open, or occasionally in short dense mats to 20 cm diam. Leaves flat or folded to inrolled, (8–)13–47 cm long, 0.5–5(–8.5) mm wide, green or glaucous; margins usually scabrous to some extent; basal sheath gradually tapering distally, eventually slightly torn, sometimes resulting in a lattice arrangement of torn tissue, whitish, or occasionally ± intact and purplish-brown; apex subacute. Male and female inflorescences dissimilar; male inflorescence usually branched with branches alternate or occasionally some whorled; female inflorescence less branched than male inflorescence or unbranched, with a short or mostly hidden non-flowering axis. Flowers with perianth cream-coloured to yellow; male flowers subglobular, 1.5–2 mm long with outer perianth segments shorter than the thicker inner ones; female flowers more tubular than the male flowers, c 3 mm long.

Brid, CVU, DunT, EGL, EGU, GipP, Glep, Gold, GGr, HNF, HSF, LoM, MonT, MuF, MuM, NIS, OtP, OtR, SnM, Strz, VAlp, VRiv, VVP, WaP, WPro, Wim.

This widespread eastern Australian species has been divided into 3 subspecies by Lee (1966); however, the 2 subspecies which occur in Victoria are occasionally difficult to distinguish and in some areas a puzzling array of variation may be found suggesting that the species is in need of revision. Further entities are likely to be recognised as a result.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Xanthorrhoeaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2017-11-20
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lomandra filiformis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lomandra filiformis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Glenelg Plain present native
Bridgewater present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Murray Fans present native
Gippsland Plain present native
Otway Plain present native
Warrnambool Plain present native
Goldfields present native
Central Victorian Uplands present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native
East Gippsland Lowlands present native
East Gippsland Uplands present native
Wilsons Promontory present native
Highlands-Southern Fall present native
Highlands-Northern Fall present native
Otway Ranges present native
Strzelecki Ranges present native
Monaro Tablelands present native
Victorian Alps present native
Snowy Mountains present native

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