Flowers in Australia: 8

Lomandra longifolia, commonly known as Mat Rush (?)

A very spiky flowering plant which has the most unusual smell – the closest I can describe it is that it is like walking into an artist’s studio, paint and turpentine!

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spiky flower



10 Comments Add yours

  1. Are you still wanting ID? If so, it’s very like Lomandra longifolia (Spiny-head Mat-rush, Spiky-headed Mat-rush or Basket Grass) whose flowers here are palish yellow and rich brown. Could be wrong, though. Has been known to happen!

    Your nose is much better than mine, as is your vocabulary of smell.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Definitely need ID! I think the smell was from this grass/shrub. It was very strong as we walked past. My DiL says that there is a shrub that smells like natural gas! Maybe this is it.

  2. I don’t think I would stop and smell those flowers! Lol

    1. Heyjude says:

      No, you wouldn’t want to get too close to this plant, but it is very striking in a large clump.

  3. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Fascinating, a plant like that must have a purpose!

    1. Heyjude says:

      You would think so wouldn’t you?

  4. restlessjo says:

    Turpentine, huh? I’m queuing up! 🙂

  5. pommepal says:

    I think Meg is correct with the ID. These are so hardy almost impossible to kill and once you have them they are stayers. Must admit I have not noticed the smell, will have to have a sniff of the next clump I see…

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well there was definitely a peculiar scent when I passed these. Maybe my cold affected what I smelled!

      1. pommepal says:

        I’ll be looking for them in flower, I don’t have any in my garden, they are a bit invasive.

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