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 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).