Common name: Creeping Bent
Agrostis stolonifera L. APNI*
Description: Erect or ascending, tufted, stoloniferous perennial, spreading by leafy stolons to form a dense turf to 0.4 m high; culms slender, erect from bent or prostrate bases, capable of rooting from the lower nodes.
Leaves with sheath rounded on back; ligule obtuse, laciniate, hairy on the back, 1–6 mm long; blade rolled when young, afterwards flat, 0.5–5 mm wide.
Panicle linear to lanceolate, to 21 cm long, open at flowering. Spikelets densely clustered, lanceolate to narrow-oblong, 2–3 mm long. Glumes acute or acuminate, subequal or the lower glume slightly longer. Lemma oblong, blunt, 1.5–2 mm long, usually awnless. Palea c. 50% the length of the lemma.
Distribution and occurrence: A common lawn grass, particularly in golf and bowling greens. Weed of pastures, roadsides and waste areas. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *CC, *SC, *CT, *ST
Other Australian states: *Qld *Vic. *Tas. *W.A.
Text by S.W.L. Jacobs & S.M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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