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Lyndale Blog - August 2021

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Aussies By The Thousands

The recently burst "bubble" or reappearance of community cases of COVID in NSW and Victoria has taken care of the immediate future of the inter trans-Tasman movement of people in a severe way.

As I write this, the Government has left a small window of 7 days open for New Zealanders to get back to NZ before entry via a booked MIQ (managed isolation quarantine) stay is the only way back. (MIQ is also booked out till the end of the year).

Despite the above, we process/produce literally hundreds of thousands of visitors from Australia per year. Australian Grasses that is, more specifically, Lomandra.

Lomandra 'Tanika' leads the way and remains the most consistent performer in all but the most wet of conditions, where its cousin Lomandra 'Shara' shines.

If 'Tanika' has a fault, and it is a very debatable conjection that it does, then it is that L. 'Tanika' is just too tall and vigorous. At 0.9-1m it is a tall grass, but its graceful pendulous habit is a strong positive characteristic, which is lost when planted too close together. A one plant per square metre planting plan seems to work well for landscapers. However, that sole criticism has opened the door for an alternative Aussie plant of mystery, Lomandra 'Lime Tuff'.

 


Burst Bubble


Lomandra 'Tanika'


Lomandra 'Shara'

The Story Continues

This Aussie has a more upright habit but only reaches 0.5-0.7 metres, is of a more lime green colour and in NZ is not protected under the Plant Variety Rights Act, meaning anyone can have unrestricted access and no royalties go back to the breeder.

From our experience, it is also a tad unstable when produced in Vitro (Tissue Culture), which is the principal way of multiplying both L. 'Lime Tuff' and 'Tanika', and results in some plants that are not true to type, lack vigor and should be discarded.

I referred to L. 'Lime Tuff' as an "Aussie Plant of Mystery" earlier, and I was referring to its rather checkered past. If we look at what is published on its breeding we see that it was first released in Australia in April 2008, (protected under Australian Plant Breeders Rights) and was listed as resulting from an open pollinated hybrid of Lomandra longifolia with the other parent presumed to be Lomandra confertifolia.

This is where things start to really get interesting, as in 2011 Ball Horticulture in the USA initially marketed young plants as Lomandra longifolia 'Bushland Green', but then switched to Lomandra longifolia 'LimeTough' after the plant received its USA patent (under the denomination name 'Lomlon').

In the application for USA patent the plant was claimed to have been the result of a controlled breeding programme crossing Lomandra longifolia and Lomandra confertifolia which differs from the Australian application for PBR (PBR = Plant Breeders Rights,
PVR = Plant Variety Rights, pretty much synonymous).

 


Lomandra 'Lime Tuff'


Many Questions


Off To Court

The above gets the attention of anyone that works with this sort of thing, but what happened next got really fascinating, as the history of our plant of mystery got a quantum more complicated when this variety was embroiled in a legal case called by the claimed breeder/owner who accused a third party of illegal propagation of their protected Lomandra 'Lime Tuff'.

There was an application for PVR in this country around this time, but intense scrutiny came with the legal action happening in Australia.
If you are confused by the above already then there is no hope of following what happened next ...

The court determined that this plant is genetically the same as an older unprotected variety called Lomandra confertifolia subspecies pallida 'Little Pal'. With this outcome the Australian Plant Breeders Rights were revoked in 2016, but another twist is that the L. 'Little Pal' that we grew for many years in NZ was bought to NZ by Australian Plantsman, Ray Parker, and is VERY different to what we now know as Lomandra 'Lime Tuff'.

Confused? Most people are and the Australian court case and subsequent settlement which included confidentiality clauses all round means there will always be a shroud of mystery around this plant and a lot more story, for sure.

 


Intense Scrutiny


Understandably Confused

End Of An Era

We are saying goodbye to our fax machine as we will no longer have access to copper wires and one of the victims of this is fax technology. Au revoir fax machine.

 

Nursery Trays For Sale

We have a surplus of nursery industry trays - the ones that fit the industry trolleys perfectly. We have 5 pallets of 240 trays which we are offering for $900 + GST per pallet ($3.75 per tray).

Stay warm, stay healthy.

Kind regards
The Lyndale Team

 


Ken - our tray model

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