SpinifexSoft Spinifex (Triodia pungens) Weeping Spinifex (Triodia brizoides)

A common sight across the arid region of Central Australia are the Soft Spinifex (Triodia pungens), commonly known as hummock grass.

With their recognisable round shape, dotted across the rocky landscape and up the slopes of the ranges, the hummock grasses spring to life after rain, and are quite a display of green dots across the red rocks and earth.

Soft Spinifex (Triodia pungens), Finke Gorge National Park
Soft Spinifex (Triodia pungens)
Soft Spinifex (Triodia pungens), Finke Gorge National Park
Soft Spinifex (Triodia pungens)
Commonly called Hummock Grass - Soft Spinifex (Triodia pungens), Finke Gorge National Park
Commonly called Hummock Grass – Soft Spinifex (Triodia pungens)

Check out our Flora section for information on Grasses and Spinifex. More images on the Soft Spinifex Hummock Grass in our section on Finke Gorge National Park.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Monocots
  • Clade: Commelinids
  • Order: Poales
  • Family: Poaceae
  • Genus: Triodia
  • Species: T. pungens
  • Binomial name: Triodia pungens

SpinifexSoft Spinifex (Triodia pungens) Weeping Spinifex (Triodia brizoides)

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