Common name: Scented Mat-rush
Lomandra effusa (Lindl.) Ewart APNI*
Description: Perennial tussock, robust, up to 60 cm diam.
Leaves flat, up to 50 cm long and 1.3 mm wide, glaucous, red-brown and fibrous at base; apex strongly 2-toothed; sheath margins lacerated, brown.
Inflorescence much-branched, shorter than leaves, scape hidden among leaf bases: axes smooth; flowers separate. Bracts often exceeding pedicels; inner bract smaller, minute or absent. Flowers funnel-shaped, white, pale pink or mauve, strongly scented; pedicel to 1 cm long. Male flowers 4–7 mm long; tepals narrow, obtuse. Female flowers: tepals broad-based, thick.
Flowering: following rain.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in sandy soil, sometimes in clay or near salt pans and granite outcrops; west from Condobolin.
NSW subdivisions: CWS, SWS, NWP, SWP, SFWP
Other Australian states: Qld Vic. W.A. S.A.
Text by A. L. Quirico
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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