Beach Spinifex

Spinifex sericeus R.Br.

This stoloniferous, perennial grass is a primary coloniser and dominant native species of our coastal sand dunes; particularly the foredune where its long stolons can be readily observed gaining a foothold on mobile, bare sands. Leaves are densely hairy, flat to loosely inrolled and silvery in appearance.Flowers are dioecious with male and female flowers on separate plants. These appear in spring through to summer with the male flowers erect, narrow and brown whilst the female flowers produce a spherical structure which breaks free at maturity and are usually seen rolling down the beach

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What habitats does Spinifex sericeus live in?

Strictly coastal where it is confined to sandy beaches It is usually found at the front of actively accumulating foredunes. Its does not tolerate stable dune systems and does not compete well with other introduced dune plants

What is the distribution of Spinifex sericeus?

Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Tonga

How big does Spinifex sericeus grow?

Branched stolons and rhizomes extending from to 1 - 2 metres

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