Plants of the Castlemaine District

English Couch - introduced (*Elytrigia repens)

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couch couch

Native to Europe. Perennial. C3.

Family. Poaceae (Grass family).

Uncommon. A weed of damp places.


English Couch, spreads by underground runners. The flowers resemble those of the rye grasses, in that the stalkless flowers are arranged in recesses along the main stalk. It differs in that spikelets of English Couch has two glumes, compared to the single (outer) glumes in Rye Grasses. It also differs in its spreading habit.

elytron: cover; gea: ground or earth, referring to its creeping habit; repens: creeping.

1,2: English Couch.