Elytrigia repens

Common name: 

Couch Grass

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Riverina, Midlands, Otway Plain, Gippsland Plain, Wilsons Promontory, East Gippsland (EJKLMNPQTWZ) also naturalised in WA, SA, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Damp, swampy and saline sites1

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract1


Rhizomatous perennial with culms to 1 m high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

This species has a spreading habit, leaves are smooth and 10-20 cm long and 3-10 mm wide and hairy on the upper surface1

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1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria