Common name: Tufted Mat-rush
Lomandra brevis A.T.Lee APNI*
Description: Perennial tussock, small, dense, to 20 cm diam.
Leaves concavo-convex, inrolled, 5–30 cm long, 0.5–1 mm wide, glabrous; apex acute usually blackening when dried; bases purplish above the whitish, lacerated sheath margins.
Inflorescence with scape about as long as rachis; axes quite smooth; flowers well-spaced. Male inflorescence c. 10–15 cm long, unbranched or with a few short branches. Female inflorescence c. 5 cm long, unbranched. Flowers yellow, usually blackening when dried. Male flowers globose, c. 2 mm long; outer tepals broad-elliptic to ± circular, shorter and more membranous than the thick inner tepals; pedicel to 3 mm long. Female flowers more tubular, c. 3 mm long; pedicel to 1 mm long.
Flowering: spring and autumn.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest on sandstone-derived soils in the Sydney region; not common.
NSW subdivisions: CC
Flowers are similar to those of L. cylindrica but broader, 3–4 mm at open end and usually blackening when dried.
Text by A. L. Quirico
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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