Common name: South African Couch
Cynodon transvaalensis Burtt Davy APNI*
Description: Creeping, stoloniferous and/or rhizomatous perennial to c. 0.1 m high; culms prostrate, quite slender.
Leaves with ligule with a dense row of hairs 0.2–0.5 mm long, occasionally with long tufts of hairs at the side to 2 mm long; blade linear to linear-triangular, usually 0.4–5 cm long and < 1 mm wide, green, flaccid, acute, sparsely pilose.
Inflorescence of 1–3 digitate spikes, 1–2 cm long, green or purplish. Spikelets laterally compressed, 2–2.5 mm long. Glumes acuminate, 0.7–1 mm long. Lemma acute, keeled, c. 2 mm long, apex sparsely ciliate or glabrous.
Flowering: summer if not mown.
Distribution and occurrence: A rarely grown lawn grass. Native of S Afr.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *CT, *SWP
Other Australian states: *S.A.
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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