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The Weeping Spinifex (Triodia brizoides) is a tussock grass with leaves that grow to a pointed tip, approximately 50 cm in length. It is an attractive looking spinifex when the flower/seed head that grow out of the foliage to about 90 cm, are seen blowing gently in the wind.

The straw-coloured seed head form a loose open weeping shape, that often droop to one side. One of the common spinifex seen here at Wurre / Rainbow Valley, as well as throughout the MacDonnell Ranges and Finke Gorge National Park.

The heart of the spinifex provide shelter, protection and food for all sorts of creatures. They are found growing on rocky slopes of the ranges and are a sight to behold when looking across the range and seeing fresh round green hummocks dotted across the slopes.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Monocots
  • Clade: Commelinids
  • Order: Poales
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Subfamily: Chloridoideae
  • Tribe: Cynodonteae
  • Subtribe: Triodiinae
  • Genus: Triodia
  • Species: Triodia brizoides

Footnote & References

  1. Spinifex, https://ausemade.com.au/flora-fauna/flora/spinifex-triodia/