Sw., Prod. 21 (1788).
Synonymy: P. distichum sensu Jessop in J. Black, Fl.S. Aust. 227 (1978), non L.
Common name: Salt-water couch.
Perennial, with long creeping rhizomes or stolons and ascending stems, less than 60 cm high, glabrous except at the orifice of the leaf sheaths; ligule short, obtuse; leaves 1-3 mm broad.
spikes terminal, 2 (rarely 3), usually 2-4 cm long, at first erect and appressed to each other; spikelets oblong, 3-4 mm long, solitary, dorsally compressed, sessile in 2 rows along one side of the flattened rhachis of the spikes; first glume wanting, the second 4- or 5-nerved, glabrous; first lemma equal to the second glume, glabrous; anthers exserted, oblong and purple.
Especially in salty areas along the coasts.
S.Aust.: FR, EP, MU, YP, SL, SE. All mainland States. Widespread in most warm areas of the world.
Flowering time: throughout the year.
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