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Seashore and Beach Plants

Spinifex hirsutus beach spinifex   Poaceae

 

beach spinifex, Spinifex hirsutus

 

Spinifex hirsutus

beach spinifex, Spinifex hirsutus

Spinifex grass is a species of grass that is found in wet areas, usually on the coast. The grass is native to Australia and grows about 30 centimetres tall. The roots of spinifex grass are very strong and go quite deep into the earth. The edges of spinifex are sharp and can produce cuts if you grab them forcefully. If you live on the coast you may have seen spinifex grass before, it's the grass that sits on top of sand dunes at the beach.
Spinifex uses

Spinifex grass is important as it stops sand from blowing away. The powerful roots keep the sand in place. Spinifex is often deliberately planted on the fronts of dunes to stop the beaches from eroding (wearing away).

 

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