Sporobolus virginicus

Common name: 

Salt Couch

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

?Wimmera, Wannon, Grampians, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Gippsland Plain, East Gippsland (CDEJKNPTWXZ) all States

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

Coast, on sand dunes1

Flower description:

Flowers without petals and surrounded by a scale/bract1


Rhizomatous perennial grass with culms to 25 cm high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The inflorescence is narrow, the upper glume is equal in length to the spikelet and the leaf sheaths are longer than the internodes1

Image of Sporobolus virginicus
Conservation status:

Not threatened


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