Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis

Scientific name

Cynodon dactylon x C. transvaalensis

Common name

Dwarf hybrid green couch

Other names (PBR name, trademark, breeder code)

TL2 (formerly protected by Australian Plant Breeder's Rights); Novotek™.


Novotek is an ultradwarf hybrid green couch variety suitable for golf and bowling greens that tolerate routine close mowing. Novotek was selected on the basis of colour, texture and density for greens use in the wet tropics of northern Australia and is well suited to humid tropical conditions. The variety has been used on golf greens within Australia and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam).

Other comments

Novotek was a result of a spontaneous mutation from ‘Tifgreen’, collected from a golf green near Cairns, Queensland, Australia (Loch & Roche, 2003). Breeder: Terry Anderlini, Tropical Lawns. Plant Breeder's Rights of 'TL2' was withdrawn by Tropical Lawns because of the tendency that greenkeepers shared plant material following renovations (vegetative material i.e. sprigs) and the future sale of the product to new clubs ongoing would be limited. Such a process is common, yet for the breeder/owner and for fututre developmeny and investment into new varieties is a significant loss.

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Available in Sod/turf
Use Golf or bowls
Suitable climate classification Subtropical and Tropical
Preferred mowing height 4mm - 10mm
Shade tolerance Poor
Wear tolerance Moderate
Cold tolerance Poor
Heat tolerance Good
Salinity tolerance Moderate
Water requirement Moderate
Fertiliser requirement Moderate
Mowing frequency High
Thatch production Moderate
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