Lomandra longifolia, Fam. Laxmanniaceae
Clumped plant with long, straight, relatively flat leaves.
|Form or habit:||Grass or grass-like plant|
Linear, flat to slightly concave to convex, sometimes rolled, 50-100 x 0.4-0.8cm. Apex has two or three teeth.
Yellow, Cream, Purple
|Flower description:||Panicles of flower clusters with conspicuous bracts that are no longer than the flowers; petals creamy yellow and sepals yellow or purplish. Male and female inflorescences occur separately but are similar in appearance. Spring to summer.|
|Fruit description:||Brown capsules, about 5mm long.|
|Distribution||Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania.|
|Food source for:||Larval food plant of the black ringed ochre, brown ochre, orange ochre, silver studded ochre, small orange ochre, southern silver ochre, splendid ochre and yellow ochre butterflies.|
|Toxicity:||No toxicity known|
|Notes:||Resprouts from the rootstock after fire. An attractive species for gardens. Grow from fresh seed or division of clumps. The white leaf bases are edible with a flavour resembling green peas. Lomandra longifolia is readily distinguished from L. hystrix because it has two to three apical teeth, whereas L. hystrix has a pointed apex with the teeth usually occurring well below the apex. The surface of L. hystrix fruit is transversely ridged.|
|Information sources:||Melzer R. & Plumb J. (2007) Plants of Capricornia.|