Cynodon dactylon

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaPoaceaeCynodonCynodon dactylon

Ecology

A mat-forming perennial herb, found on eroding fore-dunes in dry sandy places and short grassland by the sea, including lawns and sea-front promenades, and inland on lawns and roadside verges. It is also found around docks, on rubbish tips and as a casual from wool shoddy and other sources. Lowland.

Status

Native

World Distribution

Eurasian Southern-temperate element.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 6.4

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.6

Annual Precipitation (mm): 1156

Height (cm): 30

Perennation - primary

Perennial

Life Form - primary

Hemicryptophyte

Woodiness

Herbaceous

Clonality - primary

Rhizome far-creeping

Clonality - secondary

Extensively creeping and rooting at nodes

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 2

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 0

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 0

Atlas Change Index: -0.1

Plantatt Conservation Status

Vulnerable

JNCC Designations

NBNSYS0000002681

Atlas text references

Atlas (406a)