Lomandra filiformis

Common name: 

Wattle Mat-rush


(alternate family: Xanthorrhoeaceae)

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Riverina, Midlands, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, ?Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (CDEJKMNPRSTVWZ) also Qld, NSW

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Lowland forests and heaths1

Flower description:

Male and female flowers look different. Flowers are cream coloured to yellow2


Tufted perennial to 50 cm1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Male and female flowers are born on separate flowering axes. Male axes are branched whereas females axes are less branched or not branched2
There are no spiny bracts amongst flowers3
There are three subspecies with only two occurring in Victoria. Both of these (subsp. filiformis and subsp. coriacea) are found at the Prom2

Image of Lomandra filiformis
Image of Lomandra filiformis
Image of Lomandra filiformis
Image of Lomandra filiformis Image: Mary Ellis
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Ellis, M. (unpublished). “A Field Guide to South Gippsland Flora”.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria
3 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.