Paspalum distichum

Water couch

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A coarse leafed grass which is widespread in higher rainfall areas within Australia; It is easily identified from its leaves radiating from a wide crown; Seed heads are sticky and fertile (ATRI, 1989).

  • Creeping perennial
  • Can grow up to 50 cm tall
  • Stolons can be dense forming a dense mat (turf-like)
  • Distinct V-shaped seedhead of two spikes. Rarely 3 or 4
  • Prefers wet conditions and heavy textured soils. Tolerates moderate frosts
  • Distributed within all states and territories within Australia.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm- and cool-season turfgrasses.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Physical removal of young plants and encouraging a thick turf sward/canopy which discourages seed germination.
  • Mechanical: Nil.



Australian Turfgrass Research Institute (1989). Disease, Insect and Weed Control in Turf, 2nd edn, ATRI NSW, pp. 54.



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