Lomandra effusa (Lindl.) Ewart

Scented Mat-rush

Proc. Roy. Soc. Victoria, new ser., 28: 219 (1916) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Tussocks robust, up to 60 cm diam. Leaves ± flat, 10–50 cm long, up to 2 mm wide, glaucous, red-brown basally; basal sheath gradually tapering distally, torn, brown; apex tapering into 2 sharp points. Male and female inflorescences similar, much-branched, 3–15 cm long, up to c. one-third as long as the leaves; axes smooth; non-flowering axis exposed for 1–2.5 cm; flower-bearing axis (2–)4.5–10 cm long. Bracts often longer than the pedicel, pale brown to translucent. Flowers usually strongly scented, funnel-shaped; male flowers with perianth narrow; female flowers with perianth broad basally and thick. Flowers (May–)Jun.–Oct.

DunT, Gold, GGr, LoM, MuF, MuM, NIS, RobP, VRiv, VVP, Wim. Also WA, SA, NSW. Occurs in sandy soils, frequently in mallee communities, occasionally in heavier soils in Eucalyptus largiflorens woodlands.

Disjunct localities of L. effusa (e.g. Portland, Bacchus Marsh) may indicate a former, more widespread distribution of the species in Victoria.

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.
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Lomandra
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <http://avh.chah.org.au>. Find Lomandra effusa in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Lomandra effusa in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Lowan Mallee present native
Murray Mallee present native
Wimmera present native
Victorian Volcanic Plain present native
Victorian Riverina present native
Robinvale Plains present native
Murray Fans present native
Goldfields present native
Greater Grampians present native
Dundas Tablelands present native
Northern Inland Slopes present native

State distribution

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Western Australia
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory