Genus : Ammophila
Family: Poaceae (Monocotyledon)
Taxon : Grass & Restios
Group : Plant
An invasive perennial grass with grey-green leaves which have a sharp tip. The leaves are thick and coated in a white waxy cuticle. It forms clumps of erect stems up to 1.2 metres. It is native to the coastlines of Europe and North Africa where it grows in the sands of beach dunes. The rhizomes tolerate submersion in sea water and can break off and float in the currents to establish the grass at new sites. The cylindrical inflorescence is up to 30 centimetres long.