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Austral Salt Grass

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Scientific name
Distichlis distichophylla
Common name
Austral Salt Grass
Plants that Clothe the Bluff
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Plant Form
Grasses and allies
Where to find
Grassy Foredune and Central Shrubland
Foliage
Thin, rigid leaves with short, spiky tips
Flower
Flat, green to straw-coloured spikelets
Size
H 0.2  – 0.5 m x W Spreading
Flowering
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Description
Austral Salt Grass has long, creeping rhizomes and leaves that are thin and rigid. It forms a spreading, occasionally dense and lightly prickly clump.

This coarse, prickly grass likes moist saline soils and is an important plant on the dune edges. It has separate male and female plants, with 2 – 4 flowers on male plants, and often more on the female  Useful as a soil binder in saltmarsh or on primary dune.

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