Common Couch - Elytrigia repens

    Alt Name
    Couch, Twitch
    Description

    30 to 120 cm tall grass forming tufts and spreading by far creeping underground rhizomes. Leaves with sparse long hairs on the upper surface. Inflorescences slender, erect with spikelets 8 to 17 mm close set so that they overlap one another by at least half their length the lemmas are usually awnless.

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    Habitat

    Cultivated ground, grassland, roadsides and waste areas.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History

    Perennial. It is hard to eradicate because of its deep rhizomes, any part of which if cut can re-grow.

    UK Status

    Very common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 596 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map