Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis
Hybrid green couch
FloraDwarf™; FloraDwarf (United States Plant Patent); CV-35, PI 599348 (registration number); FHB-135 (being Florida Hawaii Bermudagrass accession 135 or breeder's code).
FloraDwarf™ is a dense, fine- textured greens quality turfgrass that was released by the University of Florida, USA. Compared to Tifdwarf, FloraDwarf™ has greater turf density, superior turf quality with less top growth at high fertility, unmowed growth height avg. 8 mm, purple coloration during winter 53% less, and putting quality better. Thatch develops in short time period requiring timely control measures involving combinations of vertical mowing and topdressing (GRIN, 2006). In Queensland, observations made by the former Redlands Turf Research team identified that the root system was less vigorous compared to other 'dwarf' and 'ultradwarf' varieties.
Released in 1995, FloraDwarf™ was an off-type vegetative selection, presumably mutation, from Tifgreen hybrid green couch thought to have been planted 11 years before collection (GRIN, 2006). In a Horticulture Australia funded trial (project code TU05001) seven golf clubs across Australia established trial sites and tested, among other greens quality grasses, FloraDwarf™ between 2006 and 2010. They included, Glenelg Golf Club (SA), Sanctuary Cove Golf Club (Qld), Horton Park Golf Club (Qld) and Twin Waters Golf Club (Qld). None of the seven golf clubs chose FloraDwarf as an outstanding greens grade grass.
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