Spinifex sericeus

Common name: 

Hairy Spinifex

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (EKNPTWXZ) also SA, Qld, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Sand dunes1

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract1


Long-creeping perennial grass with culms to 60 cm high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The female inflorescence is spherical and to 25 cm in diameter, it breaks free at maturity and rolls across the sand1

Image of Spinifex sericeus
Image of Spinifex sericeus
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria