Ammophila arenaria (L.) Link

Marram Grass

Tough, coarse erect perennial grass that spreads by stout creeping rhizomes. Leaf blade rolled in bud, flat, stiff, rough above, hairless and glossy underneath, sharppointed, grey-green. Ligule membranous, narrow, 1.0-3.0 mm long. Inflorescence dense, pale-reddish spreading spike-like panicle with closely overlapping spikelets.

Mediterranean, northern and western Europe

Grass once used for coastal conservation and sand dune reclamation but weedy, widely naturalised, and unsuitable in Australia. A poor pasture and turf grass species.

Source: Spencer, R.; Aldous, D.; Stajsic, V.; McGeary, D (2005). Poaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 5. Flowering plants. Monocotyledons. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Lilianae
order      Poales
family       Poaceae
genus        Ammophila Host.