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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