Some time ago I found a plant on Depok Beach (Yogyakarta, Indonesia).

This is what it looks like:

It looks like spiky leaves that grow from its branches. The leaves are actually quite hard: you could hurt your finger if you touch the end point.

I know it's not aloe.

I'd like to know what it is called but I haven't found the answer, yet.


Most likely Spinifex littoreus - this plant is well adapted to growing in sand dunes or sand beaches. The leaves are reduced to spiny projections as protection against high temperatures and dry conditions in sand.

  • I was hoping someone would get this - that's actually why I edited the question.:) Looks like a correct ID.
    – J. Musser
    Jul 18 '14 at 21:54

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