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Sand Spinifex Grass - Spinifex sericeus

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Sand Spinifex Grass

If you travel along the eastern coast of Australia you will find our sand dunes covered with Sand Spinifex Grass. It's a naturally occuring stabilising plant, is salt tolerant and has the ability to grow through accumulations of wind-blown sand. It is usually the dominant species colonising the seaward slope of our frontal dunes.

 

The spiny spherical head from the female plant is about 15-25cm in diameter and straw-coloured when mature.

 

The time of the running grass is in late winter. Depending on wind speed and direction they perform a spectacular race towards the sea.

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Taken on October 25, 2009