Lomandra longifolia Labill., Nov. Holl. Pl. 1: 92 1805. (Syn: Lomandra longifolia subsp. exilis A.T.Lee; Xerotes arenaria R.Br.; Xerotes longifolia (Labill.) R.Br.; Xerotes longifolia var. arenaria (R.Br.) Domin; Xerotes longifolia var. macrocarpa Domin);
Lomandra longifolia, commonly known as Spiny-head Mat-rush, Spiky-headed Mat-rush or Basket Grass, is a perennial, rhizomatous herb found throughout eastern Australia. The leaves are 40 cm to 80 cm long, and generally have a leaf of about 8 mm to 12 mm wide. It grows in a variety of soil types and is frost, heat and drought tolerant. Labillardiere described Lomandra longifolia from a specimen collected in Tasmania.
This strappy leaf plant is often used on roadside plantings in Australia, New Zealand, Spain, and the USA, due to its high level of drought tolerance. The breeding of more compact finer leaf forms has made Lomandra longifolia popular as an ever green grass like plant in home plantings. Tanika, Lomandra longifolia ‘LM300’, also known as Breeze Grass in the USA, was the first fine leaf type. It still has the finest leaf of any Lomandra longifolia, with a width of 3 mm. In temperatures down to −7 degrees Celsius these plants stay evergreen, and this variety has been recorded to live in the USA at a number of sites including Alabama, at −10 degrees Celsius.
Indigenous Australians ground the seeds for use in damper, and the long, flat, fibrous leaves were used for weaving. The base of the leaves contains water, and was chewed by those in danger of dehydration.
(From Wikipedia on 23.1.15)
For id from LBG, Darjeeling- NS DEC 11 : 15 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4).
This clump forming plant was recorded from Llyods Botanical Garden, Darjeeling.. a palm? a sedge ? I am clueless..
Some Asparagaceae? Wild guess.
This seems to be a member of Lomandraceae, something similar to https://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_rodd/2964211736/.
I reiterate this is probably Lomandra but can’t say species, please check following links for further reading.viewing –
Sir the most commonly cultivated Lomandra is L. longifolia Labill., and it can withstand climatic parameters of Darjeeling. The species may be confused with related taxa –
Online sell of some cultivars –
I think your species is L. l. L.
Yes …, this is most likely Lomandra longifolia Labill. ..
Thank you very much for digging deeply and reaching to conclusion..
Luck played a role too! Else it was puzzling. I wonder at the imagination of the person who selected it for the garden.
Botanical gardens are a collection
Best known sedge is the papyrus. that the whole world knows….
I would like to know from our economic botany professors : what are sedges used for in INDIA.
May be … can send this question to relevant folks including biodiversity, ecology and economic botany professors?
would be educational, immensely