Lomandra banksii (R.Br.) Lauterb.
Lauterbach, C.A.G. (1913) Botanische Jahrbucher 50 : 294.
Clumping Mat-rush; Cocky's Bootlace; Iron-grass; Mat rush
Usually flowers and fruits as a shrubby plant 1 m tall, sometimes flowers when smaller.
Inflorescence up to 35 cm long on a peduncle about 10 cm long. Flowers about 2-2.5 mm diam. Outer tepals about 2.5 mm long. Male flowers: Flowers with six stamens, dimorphic, three on shorter filaments and not versatile and three on longer filaments and versatile. Filaments about 1-1.5 mm long. Female flowers: Flowers with six staminodes. Ovules pendulous from the apex of each locule. Stigma sessile, 3-lobed.
First pair of true leaves difficult to distinguish from cataphylls but +/- linear or filiform and longitudinally veined. Base sheathing. At the tenth leaf stage: leaves distichous, leaf blade linear, much longer than wide, not narrowed into a petiole, venation parallel, base sheathing the stem. Seed germination time 53 to 211 days.
An interesting tufted plant that has potential for plantings in open areas like rockeries. Plants are slow growing.