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Common name: Needle Mat-rush
Lomandra cylindrica A.T.Lee APNI*
Description: Sparsely tufted perennial herb; shoots often with only 2–4 leaves.
Leaves terete, occasionally semiterete, usually c. 25–35 mm long (rarely less), usually 1–2 mm diam., glabrous or scabrous; apex acute; sheath margins scarcely lacerated, reddish or purplish.
Male inflorescence a third to half or rarely a quarter or nearly as long as leaves, unbranched or occasionally few-branched; scape approximately as long as rachis; axes smooth; flowers separate, well spaced. Female inflorescence similar but shorter, rarely branched; axes sometimes papillose. Bracts ovate, 1–2 mm long; inner bract sometimes absent. Flowers yellow, not 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.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in dry sclerophyll forest on sandy soil; south from Sydney district on the coast; an apparent outlier in the Bonshaw-Emmaville region.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, CT, ST, NWS
Other Australian states: Vic.
Text by A. L. Quirico (1993); edited KL Wilson (Feb 2014)
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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