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Sporobolus virginicus

Common Names

Marine Couch, Sand Couch, Coastal Rat-tail Grass, Salt Couch Grass, Saltwater Couch, Nioaka



Name ref

Sporobolus virginicus (L.) Kunth


Localities (not complete):


Recorded from saltmarshes in New South Wales [1]

Recorded from saltmarshes in Queensland [7]

Recorded from saltmarshes in Victoria [8]


Biological Interactions  
Group Taxon
  19 taxa
Vascular Plants Aegialitis annulata
Vascular Plants Avicennia marina
Vascular Plants Batis_argillicola
Vascular Plants Baumea juncea
Vascular Plants Casuarina glauca
Vascular Plants Ceriops australis
Vascular Plants Excoecaria agallocha
Vascular Plants Fimbristylis ferruginea
Vascular Plants Hemichroa diandra
Vascular Plants Juncus kraussii
Vascular Plants Lobelia anceps
Vascular Plants Sarcocornia quinqueflora
Vascular Plants Sesuvium portulacastrum
Vascular Plants Suaeda australis
Vascular Plants Tecticornia australasica
Vascular Plants Tecticornia halocnemoides
Vascular Plants Tecticornia indica
Vascular Plants Threlkeldia diffusa
Vascular Plants Triglochin striata

PlantNET: http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Sporobolus~virginicus
Noosa's Native Plants: http://www.noosanativeplants.com.au/plants/454/sporobolus-virginicus
Victorian Resources Online: http://www.land.vic.gov.au/DPI/Vro/vrosite.nsf/pages/water_sss_salt_couch
FloraBase: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/635
dpiw: http://www.dpiw.tas.gov.au/inter.nsf/Attachments/JMUY-4Z65S7/$FILE/Svirginicus.pdf

-- AnnaSenior - 09 Feb 2011


  1. Clarke, L.D and Hannon, N.J. (1967). The mangrove swamp and salt marsh communities of the Sydney district. I. Vegetation, soils and climate. J. Ecol. 55(3): 753-771. Available online: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2258423 (more)
  2. Clarke, L.D. and Hannon, N.J. (1969). The mangrove swamp and salt marsh communities of the Sydney district. II. The holocoenotic complex with particular reference to physiography. J. Ecol. 57(1): 213-234. Available online: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2258216 (more)
  3. Semeniuk, V. (1980). Mangrove zonation along an eroding coastline in King Sound, north-western Australia. Journal of Ecology 68: 789-812. Available online: (more)
  4. LIA (2010a). Complete List of Species. Lake Illawarra Authority. Land & Property Management Authority, NSW Government. Available at: http://www.lia.nsw.gov.au/the_lake/lake_life/complete_list_of_species [Accessed: October 2010] (more)
  5. Thom, B.G., Wright, L.D. and Coleman, J.M. (1975). Mangrove ecology and deltaic-estuarine geomorphology: Cambridge Gulf-Ord River, Western Australia. J. Ecol. 63(1): 202-232. Available online: http://www.jstor.org/stable/pdfplus/2258851.pdf (more)
  6. Shine, R., Ellway, C.P. and Hegerl, E.J. (1973). A biological survey of the Tallebudgera Creek estuary. Operculum 3(5-6): 59-83. Available online: (more)
  7. Johns, L. (2006). Field Guide to Common Saltmarsh Plants of Queensland. Dept Primary Industries and Fisheries, Qld. Most content available online: (more)
  8. Victorian Saltmarsh Study* (2011). Mangroves and coastal saltmarsh of Victoria: distribution, condition, threats and management. Institute for Sustainability and Innovation, Victoria University, Melbourne. *Paul I Boon, Tim Allen, Jennifer Brook, Geoff Carr, Doug Frood, Chris Harty, Jasmine Hoye, Andrew McMahon, Steve Mathews, Neville Rosengren, Steve Sinclair, Matt White and Jeff Yugovic. (more)

Biological Interactions
Relation Taxon GroupSorted ascending
OccursWith Australoplax_tridentata Crustaceans
OccursWith Heloecius_cordiformis Crustaceans
OccursWith Helograpsus_haswellianus Crustaceans
OccursWith Mictyris_longicarpus Crustaceans
OccursWith Neosarmatium_trispinosum Crustaceans
OccursWith Parasesarma_erythodactyla Crustaceans
OccursWith Pseudohelice_quadrata Crustaceans
OccursWith Scylla_serrata Crustaceans
OccursWith Ophicardelus_sulcatus Molluscs
OccursWith Phallomedusa_solida Molluscs
OccursWith Littoraria_scabra Molluscs_Gastropoda
OccursWith Pleuroloba_quoyi Molluscs_Gastropoda
OccursWith Aegialitis_annulata Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Aegiceras_corniculatum Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Avicennia_marina Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Batis_argillicola Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Ceriops_australis Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Excoecaria_agallocha Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Hemichroa_diandra Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Sesuvium_portulacastrum Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Suaeda_australis Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Tecticornia_halocnemoides Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Tecticornia_indica Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Threlkeldia_diffusa Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Baumea_juncea Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Casuarina_glauca Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Fimbristylis_ferruginea Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Juncus_kraussii Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Lobelia_anceps Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Sarcocornia_quinqueflora Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Tecticornia_australasica Vascular_Plants
OccursWith Triglochin_striata Vascular_Plants