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Sand Couch
Elytrigia juncea
Broimfhéar gainimh
Family: Poaceae

Flowering July - August. Perennial. Native.

Erect, brittle flowering stems to 50cm, with larger spikelets and stouter flowerheads than Sea Couch. Spikelets hardly overlapping. More/less prostrate non-flowering stems. Stiff blue-green leaves, margins inrolled, minutely downy on leaf ribs. Far-creeping rhizomes.

Coastal on loose sand or occasionally shingle on or above the strandline.


Sand Couch. Tramore, Co.Waterford. September 2008

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