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Green couch
(Cynodon dactylon)

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  • fine-leafed
  • creeping with rhizomes
  • invades under heavy grazing
  • weed of cultivation.
Cynodon dactylon (L.) Pers. -
1 flowering plant part;
2 ligule;
3 spikelet.

This fine-leafed creeping perennial is rarely planted but invades heavily grazed sites or becomes a weed of cultivation.

Seed of `Speedy couch' is sold as a lawn grass, while large-leafed, tall varieties such as Coastal Bermuda are used for both ley and permanent pastures in the southern states of America. African star grass is not rhizomatous, and is used for grassing waterways.

Creator: Ian Partridge
Date created: 03 April 1998  Revised: 15 January 2003

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