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Keeping the dunes alive Spinifex grass

Noongar name - Booboo

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Spinifex is a perennial grass. This means that these plants live for many growing seasons. Each winter, the top portion of the plant dies back and then regrows from the same roots in the spring.

This plant is well-adapted to the extreme conditions of salt-spray, windblown sand and intense light intensity of its habitat. It grows in clumps called tussocks and it has thick creeping stems. Its leaves are flat and measure up to 300 mm long and 5-15 mm wide. Spinifex leaves are thickly covered with silvery coloured silky hairs and spinifex flowers are greenish brown.

Where you can find a Spinifex grass

Conservation Status

All Rottnest Island’s flora is protected under the Rottnest Island Authority Act 1987.
  • Extinct
  • Extinct in Wild
  • Critically Endangered
  • Endangered
  • Vulnerable
  • Near Threatened
  • Least Concerned

Help keep Rottnest's flora healthy

  • Do use water wisely on Rottnest
  • Do keep to designated tracks
  • Do take litter with you or use bins provided

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