Deserves to be grown more in gardens and revegetations as a substitute for lomandra. Hard, even drought tolerant, in most conditions, though it prefers moist soils to get established.
Fruit is a dark reddish-brown nut 5 mm in length.
Leaf buds eaten raw by Aborigines. The nuts pounded to make flour.
Photo: Robert Whyte
Attracts birds such as brush turkeys by colour and movement of the seed in the wind – the relatively indigestible fruit passes whole through the bird’s system.
Close up of fruit Photo: Robert Whyte
Host plant for some butterflies including: the Spotted Sedge-skipper (Hesperilla ornata ornata); the Twin-spotted Sedge-skipper (Hesperilla malindeva); and probably the Greenish Darter (Telicota ancilla).
Source: John Moss 2002 ‘Butterfly Host Plants of South-east Queensland and Northern New South Wales’.