Likes more draining and poorer soils than L. hystrix. Found in many different habitats including coastal dunes and heath, open forest, creek banks to rainforest. Separate male and female plants.
Leaves flat, occasionally rolled, especially in dry conditions, up to 100 cm long, can be 7 mm wide, often shorter and narrower, especially when growing naturally in drier places.
Leaves were used by Aboriginal people to make strong net bags and fish traps. They were split lengthways and soaked to soften the fibres.
Photo: Robert Whyte
Edible fleshy, white leaf bases, resfreshing flavour of raw green peas, contain starch.
Commonly used as an ornamental as a clumping, grass like herb and in restoration work as a control pioneer along creeks. Increasingly used in street and other amenity plantings as a substitute for introduced plants such as Murraya paniculata (Mock Orange) and Leriope spp.
Glossary: In a general sense, a tepal is an element of the perianth of a flower, such as a petal or sepal. The perianth comprises the outer, sterile whorls of a flower. The term tepal is usually used when all segments of a perianth are of similar shape and color (that is, undifferentiated). (Wikipedia)
Photo: Robert Whyte Location: Brown Lake, North Stradbroke Island