Scented Mat-rush
Whole, large, eaten
Ellura
Scented Mat-rush
Leaf, profile
 
    
Scented Mat-rush (Lomandra effusa)Class: Plant (Plantae) - Other Small Plants
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagus (Asparagaceae)
Species: Scented Mat-rush (Lomandra effusa)
This Photo:     Leaf, back (or front?)
Other name: Scented Irongrass

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Funny how some specimens take your interest. We found a small group of these nearly a year ago and have been monitoring them ever since; waiting in anticipation for them to flower so we could identify them.
Strangely one is left alone yet the other 4 or 5 are constantly eaten right down.
The flowers have a lovely aroma, but watch your eyes if you smell them. The leaves are very stiff and sharp, nearly spines. Cream flowers with 3 petals + 3 sepals (looks like 6 petals)
Leaves are long, thin, ribbed all around and a half circle in cross section. Reed like. Heavily toothed (but not easily visible; a magnifying glass helps). They dry on the tip to a 2-pronged fork.
It's hard to imagine why anything would find them palatable. We surmise it can only be kangaroos as no other animal would be able to get to the top leaves without injuring itself; and we've seen kangaroos eating Westringia rigida, so it's not a stretch to see them enjoying these as well.

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 30-May-2014
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)