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

The Weeping Spinifex (Triodia brizoides) is a tussock grass with leaves that grow to a pointed tip, up to 50 cm in length. An attractive spinifex especially when the flower/seed head grow out of the foliage and are seen blowing gently in the wind. The straw-coloured seed head form a loose open weeping shape, that are often seen droop to one side.

Weeping Spinifex (Triodia brizoides)
Weeping Spinifex (Triodia brizoides), Wurre / Rainbow Valley, NT

They are one of the common spinifex seen at Wurre / Rainbow Valley, as well as throughout the MacDonnell Ranges.

Weeping Spinifex (Triodia brizoides)
Weeping Spinifex (Triodia brizoides)
Weeping Spinifex (Triodia brizoides)
Weeping Spinifex (Triodia brizoides), Wurre / Rainbow Valley, NT

Found growing on rocky slopes of the ranges, the heart of the spinifex provide shelter, protection and food for all sorts of creatures.


  • 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

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

Grass and GrassesBuffel Grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) Fairy Grass (Sporobolus caroli) Finger Grass (Chloris barbata) Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) Silkyheads (Cymbopogon obtectus) Wanderrie Grass (Eriachne sp)