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Mungo National park spinifex

spinifex grass and mallee woodlands in mungo national park, outback nsw australia

Spinifex grass in Mungo National Park IMG 1377 - Only the toughest of plants survive a severe drought in outback Australia, and this spinifex grass, a Triodia species, is one of the toughest there is. These spiny clumps of grass, which are often referred to as 'porcupine grass' or 'tussock grass', provide wildlife, such as lizards and small mammals, with shelter from the heat and from predators. This scene was photographed in Mungo National Park, in outback NSW, where spinifex thrives in the shadow of mallee woodlands.

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