Kōrero: Coastal shoreline

Spinifex (2 o 3)

Spinifex

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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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10054807
Photograph by Lindsey MacFarlane

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Sand dunes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/4828/spinifex (accessed 21 February 2020)

He kōrero nā Maggy Wassilieff, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006