Native sand species

Two native species occur at Porter’s Beach. The shore bindweed (panahi, Calystegia soldanella) has round green leaves with spreading fleshy stems and roots beneath the sand. You will notice its pink flowers during summer.

The sand sedge (Carex pumila) forms low-growing open patches with curled blue-green leaves attached to long underground stems, often around the edge of wet areas. These plants help bind the sand.

Shore bindweed Calystegia soldanella

Shore bindweed Calystegia soldanella—photo Wikimedia Commons

Sand sedge Carex pumila

Sand sedge (Carex pumila)—photo by parkecology on www.naturewatch.org.nz