New species of Spinifex tastes like ‘Salt and vinegar chips’. 7 other new species described.

Main report: 'Salt and vinegar chips' spinifex one of eight new plant species discovered by finger-licking scientists
(ABC (Australia))

Scientific Paper: Australian Systematic Botany   
New Taxa: Triodia scintillans, T. vanleeuwenii, Triodia mallota
Common Name: Sparkling spinifex
Species named for: Parks and Wildlife science and conservation assistant director Stephen Van Leeuwen, fleecy or woolly hair, Sparkles
Categories: New Species | Plants | Species Discovery
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West Australian researchers have found and identified eight new species of spinifex, including one they say has the flavour of salt and vinegar-flavoured chips.  “We were doing late night experiments … handling specimens of that species,” Dr Barrett said. “Someone licked their hand at some point and tasted that flavour.”  The native grass is farmed commercially in Queensland to manufacture the world’s strongest, thinnest condoms.  The Triodia genus includes about 120 species.

Print Email Facebook Twitter More ‘Salt and vinegar chips’ spinifex one of eight new plant species discovered by finger-licking scientists ABC North West WA By Lisa Morrison Posted 12 Nov 2017, 4:14pm Red dirt and rocks with clumps of spinifex grass PHOTO: Spinifex grasses, unique to Australia, cover approximately 2 million hectares of WA. (Photo: Donna Cuel)

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