Large, spike-like flowerheads with many-flowered, unstalked spikelets in opposite, alternating pairs up the stems. Broad, stiff, greyish-green leaves with sharply pointed tips and short, blunt ligules. Spreads by means of creeping rhizomes. Height 60-120cm.
Coastal on dunes and occasionally on fine shingle, mainly found on eastern and northern Irish coasts.
Sea Couch, Elytrigia atherica and Marram, Ammophila arenaria
Lyme-grass. Co. Wexford, September 2010