Flora of Bare Sand Island
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Photo Credit: Peter Jackson
Ipomea pes- capraeCommon name:Goat's foot convovulus. Dominates the seaward dunes of BSI.
A prostrate perennial vine. Leaves consist of two green smooth lobes. Flowers are pink to purple trumpet shaped with darker throat. Roots often compromise the development of marine turtle eggs.
Canavalia roseaCommon name: Coastal jack-bean. Foliage is tri-foliate with pink peaflowers
A trailing, herbaceous vine that forms mats of foliage.
Spinifex longifoliusCommon name: Beach Spinifex
A perennial grass that grows as a tussock up to a metre high.
Cassytha filiformisCommon name: Dodder Laurel.
A leafless parasitic vine. Has fine hairy yellowish to orange stems twining and attaching to other plants via suckers. Deadly to hatchlings who become entangled in its 'web'.
Tribulus cistoidesCommon name: Caltrop. Listed as a noxious weed in the NT, but considered naturalised in most Australian states. Has a spiny hard fruit which is very painful to walk on (feet). AusTurtle is currently trying to eradicate it from BSI.
Sorghum timorense(Family: Poaceae) Common name: Spear Grass. An annual native grass of northern Australia, dies off after the wet season and is dry straw during the months of the research camps.
Sesuvium portulacastrumCommon name:Sandfire
A prostrate succulent perennial herb. Leaves smooth, narrow, and fleshy. Flowers pink. Has edible leaves which are salty & crunchy.
Vitex rotundifoliaProstrate wood shrub with blue to pale purple flowers. Roots are especially compromising to turtle eggs. Fortunately sparsely populated on BSI