I've been back from New Caledonia for a couple of weeks, but still have a concluding post on it yet to come. Meanwhile, meet a New Caledonian Lomandra.
In Australia, Lomandra is a fairly non-descript grasslike plant -- straight bladelike leaves rising from a single point -- that would never call your attention when not in bloom. But when a few of them ended up on New Caledonia, they discovered a seductive sideways curve. It seems an obvious idea, but it's actually an unusual one.
Unlike most Australian Lomandra, this one has developed a small trunk, pushing its growth point a few centimeters above the ground. This makes it possible for the leaves to spread out more horizontally, presumably to get more sun. Aesthetically, it provides an intriguing mouse's-eye view of the plant as a tree: a wavy ceiling that glows with the sun's backlight.