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  Spiny Headed Mat Rush (Lomandra longifolia) lion

The Mat Rush is a bright green clumping bush with long thin spiky leaves. It is a tufted Perennial herb. It is found in a variety of environments including the New South Wales Ranges and coast. The plant's flower contains both a male and female part in a creamy spiky flower. The plants are mainly comprised of narrow green leaves that are about 50 to 100 cm long. The flowers have a heavy lacquer scent which is incredibly strong. In the past the flowers were eaten by aborigines, who claimed that the taste resembled fresh green peas. The strong fibrous leaves were used to make baskets and bags.

Spiny Headed Mat Rush
(<i>Lomandra longifolia</i>)

Lomandra longifolia



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  • Robinson, L., 1991, Feild Guide to the Native Plants of Sydney, Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst.

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