Seed head. Photo: John Tann, Stanley, Tas

Flowering plant. Photo: Don Wood, Scotia Sanctuary, NSW

Common Name

Couch, Bermuda Grass, Couch Grass




Introduced perennial grass, prostrate, 8-40cm tall.  Leaves opposite each other on the stem or alternating along the stem, with a hairless or hairy sheath at the base.  Ligule a membrane with a fringe of hairs or a fringe of hairs.  Leaves 1-15cm long, 1-4mm wide, flat or folded lengthwise, rough, hairy or hairless, with rough edges, and a pointed tip.  Spikelets green or purple, 1-3mm long.  Seeds with no bristles.  Mature seed groups cylindrical, digitate. A lawn grass. 

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales pages 78-79

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