West Highland Flora

Sand Couch-grass


Elytrigia juncea

Former names: Elymus farctus, Agropyron junceiforme

Elytrigia juncea

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Jun 2003 Glenbrittle, Skye

Rare, on sandy shores only

Spikelets 15-28 mm long

ID: Spikelets alternating up the axis, broadside-on to it, and not overlapping  the next one up on the same side.  Upper surface of leaf prominently ribbed  (ribs perhaps 6-12; many more in Common Couch) and densely hairy with very short hairs, not with scattered medium-length hairs.  Leaf without small projections (auricles) where it joins the stem.

Other features: Glaucous in colour, very smooth, almost waxy, looking.  Spreads by creeping rhizomes.

 

Elytrigia juncea

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Jun 2003 Glenbrittle, Skye
Stem 23 cm long including spike

 

Elytrigia juncea

Photo Carl Farmer
24 Jun 2003 Glenbrittle, Skye
Spikelet 22 mm long

 

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