Birds Beak Grass
Family : Poaceae
This plant is a hardy, pioneer grass with long runners that help to bind the sand. It has bright green leaf blades that are short but broad and densely coated with short hairs, giving the grass a velvet look and feel.
Flowers are white and protrude from the sheath as they begin to bloom. The flowers are bisexual and have multiple male and female parts. These appear along the grass sheath in groups of 5 – 9. When the grass is in flower it has the appearance of a bird’s beak. Fruits are formed as a grass spike that has a water-tight covering. The spike is light and buoyant to aid water dispersal.
Birds Beak Grass is hardy, being found on fore dunes. It will grow in gardens with well-drained soils or sand and is being trialled for beachfront revegetation. It is considered an attractive ground cover or alternative to conventional lawn.
|Coastal Zone||Fore Dune|
|Soils||Well Drained Soils|
|Amount of Sun||Full Sun to Shade|
|Amount of Water||Dry to Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Extremely Tolerant|
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