Story: Coastal shoreline

Spinifex (2nd of 3)


The native sand-binding grass spinifex has distinctive runners carrying tufts of floppy grey-green leaves and ball-like seed heads. Spinifex plants are single-sexed, bearing either male or female flowers. This colony is female – apparent from the spiked seed heads among the tufts of leaves. When the wind blows, the seed heads roll along the beach until they become lodged against some obstacle, and release their seeds.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Sand dunes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 31 January 2023)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006