Cynodon dactylon POACEAE

Sample information

Sample ID11-121-1a
Common namecouch grass


Pollen / Sporepollen
Morphologic typemonoporate
Surface patternpsilate , reticulate
Equatorial sizemean 25
Polar sizemean 25
Equatorial shapecircular
Polar shapecircular
Grain arrangementmonocot
Aperture count1
Morphology notesMonoporate. Pore aperture round, thickly defined. Exine structure thin 1um. Psilate/reticulate. Spheroidal 25um.

Ecology and Geography

Plant typeangiosperm
Floristic region(s)India (tropical) , East Pacific Islands , Other outside Australasia , Maritime Southeast Asia , Australia (tropical)
Habitat notesRhizomatous and/or stoloniferous mat-forming perennial, to 0.3 m high, rooting at the nodes; culms erect or geniculate. It is widely cultivated in warm climates all over the world between about 30° south and 30° north latitude, and that get between 625–1,750 mm (24.6–68.9 in) of rainfall a year, and has medicinal properties.


CollectorAnne & Mark Myerscough
ANU access code17204
Collection sitePalmerston, Darwin, Northern Territory
Collection countryAustralia
Collection date2004-11-24
Collection notesNoted by Skottsberg on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) as Paspalum serobiculatum, in 1920. It was later named Cynodon dactylon by Zizka. Noted in the fossil pollen record of KAO3 by Gossen 2010. Also found in Diego Garcia, Indian Ocean.
Equatorial view
Polar view
Surface pattern
Wall view
Aperture view
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