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Prickly Spear-grass

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Scientific name
Austrostipa stipoides
Common name
Prickly Spear-grass
Plants that Clothe the Bluff
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Plant Form
Grasses and allies
Where to find
Cliff, Plateau and Grassy Foredune
Foliage
Straw-like narrow, sharp leaves to 25 cm long, mostly within the tussock
Flower
Tight, narrow flower head, mostly within the tussock
Size
H 1 – 1.5 m x W 1 – 1.5 m
Flowering
J F M A M J J A S O N D
Description

These large, prickly golden tussocks dominate the ocean-facing sandy slopes of the Bluff. Long, sharp tussocks to 1.5 metre with golden seed heads occurring through January.

Prickly Spear-grasses provide great protection to dozens of smaller plants growing in between the tussocks. It is known as spear grass because the mature seeds can penetrate the skin and bodies of animals. It also provides shelter and protection for many small animals.

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