The secret sex life of spinifex – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Spinifex covers over a quarter of the continent, yet little is known about how it reproduces.

For a while it’s been thought that spinifex produces seeds fairly regularly, which are stored in the ground and then germinate after fire.

But an Alice Springs-based plant ecologist has a new theory.

Dr Boyd Wright says spinifex may in fact be a ‘masting’ species, that produces a large-scale seed crop as rarely as once every decade.

via The secret sex life of spinifex – ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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