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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Asparagaceae
Subfamily: Lomandroideae
Genus: Lomandra

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Lomandra, commonly known as mat rushes, is a genus of perennial, herbaceous monocots in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Lomandroideae. There are 51 species, all of which are native to Australia; two of them also extend into New Guinea and New Caledonia.

They are generally tufted dioecious perennials with long narrow blade-like leaves that arise from a central stemless base and have thick woody rhizomes and fibrous roots.


Now in the Asparagaceae, this genus was formerly assigned to the family Dasypogonaceae, Xanthorrhoeaceae, or Liliaceae.


According to the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families, there are 51 species recognised as of August 2011:

  • Lomandra banksii (R.Br.) Ewart
  • Lomandra bracteata A.T.Lee
  • Lomandra brevis A.T.Lee
  • Lomandra brittanii T.S.Choo
  • Lomandra caespitosa (Benth.) Ewart
  • Lomandra collina (R.Br.) Ewart
  • Lomandra confertifolia (F.M.Bailey) Fahn
  • Lomandra cylindrica A.T.Lee
  • Lomandra densiflora J.M.Black
  • Lomandra drummondii (F.Muell. ex Benth.) Ewart
  • Lomandra effusa (Lindl.) Ewart
  • Lomandra elongata (Benth.) Ewart
  • Lomandra fibrata J.M.Black
  • Lomandra filiformis (Thunb.) Britten in J.Banks
  • Lomandra fluviatilis (R.Br.) A.T.Lee
  • Lomandra glauca (R.Br.) Ewart
  • Lomandra gracilis (R.Br.) A.T.Lee
  • Lomandra hastilis (R.Br.) Ewart
  • Lomandra hermaphrodita (C.R.P.Andrews) C.A.Gardner
  • Lomandra hystrix (R.Br.) L.R.Fraser & Vickery
  • Lomandra insularis Schltr.
  • Lomandra integra T.D.Macfarl.
  • Lomandra juncea (F.Muell.) Ewart
  • Lomandra laxa (R.Br.) A.T.Lee
  • Lomandra leucocephala (R.Br.) Ewart
  • Lomandra longifolia Labill.
  • Lomandra maritima T.S.Choo
  • Lomandra micrantha (Endl.) Ewart
  • Lomandra montana (R.Br.) L.R.Fraser & Vickery
  • Lomandra mucronata (R.Br.) A.T.Lee
  • Lomandra multiflora (R.Br.) Britten in J.Banks
  • Lomandra nana (A.T.Lee) A.T.Lee
  • Lomandra nigricans T.D.Macfarl.
  • Lomandra nutans T.D.Macfarl.
  • Lomandra obliqua (Thunb.) J.F.Macbr.
  • Lomandra odora (Endl.) Ewart
  • Lomandra ordii (F.Muell.) Ewart
  • Lomandra patens A.T.Lee
  • Lomandra pauciflora (R.Br.) Ewart
  • Lomandra preissii (Endl.) Ewart
  • Lomandra purpurea (Endl.) Ewart
  • Lomandra rigida Labill.
  • Lomandra rupestris (Endl.) Ewart
  • Lomandra sericea (Endl.) Ewart
  • Lomandra sonderi (F.Muell.) Ewart
  • Lomandra sororia (F.Muell. ex Benth.) Ewart
  • Lomandra spartea (Endl.) Ewart
  • Lomandra spicata A.T.Lee
  • Lomandra suaveolens (Endl.) Ewart
  • Lomandra teres T.D.Macfarl.
  • Lomandra tropica A.T.Lee
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