The Country Diary of a GenX Woman

Lovely Lomandra

20130524 011The flowers are tiny on the Lomandra Nigricans or Dark Mat Rush. When the buds first appear they look like mini lily-of-the-valley.  They are scattered throughout the forest and provide a delicate backdrop for all the fat fungi popping up and a nice contrast to the purple hovea.  Dr Eddy Wajon in his flower guide describes them as white, scented, tubular flowers 5mm long in closely spaced rings round stem in a flower spike 5-15cm long.   It is a perennial herb in the family Asparagaceae and there are 50 species, all native to Australia. Interestingly, there are separate and distinct male and female plants.

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