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Hard spinifex or lobed spinifex

Hard-lobed spinifex

Triodia basedowii

Family: Poaceae

A compact perennial hummock-forming grass commonly forming rings as the plant grows by spreading out from the centre while the central section dies off. This leaves a circular pattern of living plant material. The plant can spread out 2 to 3m.

The foliage is bluish-green, hard and sharply pointed, reaching a height of 30cm. The flower and seed heads rise above the leaves to a height of 60 to 70cm.

Can dominate sand dune and sand plain landscapes such as the area around Yulara, often in conjunction with desert oaks or mulga.

Allan, C. & Wilson, D., 2006. Central Australian Grass Guide
Jessop, J. (ed), 1981. Flora of Central Australia, A. H. & A. W. Reed Pty Ltd, Sydney

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