Family : Poaceae
Beach Spinifex is a distinctive, coastal grass that is clump forming. It has strong runners that run under or over the sand. The thin grass blades have silky hairs, are a greyish or silvery green and are long and tapered.
Beach Spinifex has separate male and female flowers that appear differently. The female flowers are clustered in tight, globular heads while the male flowers are on erect spikes. The flowers appear in August – October.
The fruit is spiky, with up to 150 heads in clusters. These are often seen blowing along the beach in the wind. Seed are contained in the spiky ball. Fruits appear generally during the wet season.
This is a very tough, sand binding grass. Colonising the dune, it provides habitat for crustaceans and insects of the fore dune. In a garden situation, it provides interesting contrast and texture.
|Flowers||August to October|
|Fruit||November to February|
|Coastal Zone||Fore Dune|
|Soils||Well Drained Soils|
|Amount of Sun||Full Sun|
|Amount of Water||Dry Areas through to Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Extremely Tolerant|
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