Lomandra spicata A.T.Lee APNI*
Description: Perennial tufted herb, robust.
Leaves flat, rather thin, 40–80 cm long, 4–12 mm wide; apex usually acute, with small lateral teeth; sheath margins intact or splitting coarsely with age, brown or whitish.
Male inflorescence unbranched or rarely with short branches at lowest nodes or the rachis forked; scape 2 or more times longer than rachis, flattened; flower clusters whorled. Female inflorescence unbranched, the rachis shorter in relation to the scape, otherwise similar to male inflorescence. Cluster bracts conspicuous, pointed, usually longer than flowers; bract and inner bract golden brown or whitish. 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.
Flowering: chiefly spring.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in most types of rainforest, to 1300 m alt.; north from Mt Royal.
NSW subdivisions: NC, NT
Other Australian states: Qld
Flowers similar to those in L. longifolia.
Text by A. L. Quirico
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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