Common name: Blue Mountains Mat-rush
Lomandra montana (R.Br.) L.R.Fraser & Vickery APNI*
Description: Tufted perennial herb.
Leaves flat or rolled when dried, rather thin, usually 35–70 cm long, 2–4 mm wide; apex toothed, central one often much exceeding laterals; sheath margins lacerated, brown.
Male and female inflorescences much shorter than leaves, unbranched; scape much longer than rachis, flattened; flower clusters whorled. Cluster bracts conspicuous, pointed, rather soft, whitish; bract and inner bract brown. Flowers ellipsoidal or cylindrical, sessile; male flowers 3–3.5 mm long, females c. 4.5 mm long. Outer tepals shiny, scarious, purplish or yellow; inner tepals dull, fleshy, yellow or cream.
Distribution and occurrence: Usually grows near creeks and waterfalls in restricted areas of the Blue Mtns and west to Fern Tree Gully.
NSW subdivisions: CC, CT, CWS
Flowers similar to those in L. longifolia.
Text by A. L. Quirico
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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