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Paspalum notatum


Bahiagrass

Synonym(s):
Family: Poaceae (Grass Family)
Duration and Habit: Perennial Grass/Grasslike


Photographer: John D. Byrd
Source: Mississippi State University, Bugwood.org

Description

Annuals or, if perennials, then usually rhizomatous or stoloniferous; culms solid. Sheaths open, slightly compressed; ligule membranous, entire; blades usually flat, often broad, margins scabrous, nonauriculate. Inflorescence a panicle of 1 to numerous unilateral spicate or racemose branches; spikelets subsessile or short-pedicellate, borne in pairs or singly in 2 rows on 1 side of a flattened, occasionally broadly winged rachis, dorsally compressed, plano-convex, 2-flowered, the first floret sterile, the second floret perfect, disarticulating below the glumes; glumes unequal, first glume usually absent, second glume and first lemma usually subequal, broad and rounded at apex and slightly exceeding second lemma; second lemma usually obtuse, rounded on the back, indurate, smooth, glossy, indistinctly nerved, the margins inrolled and clasping the palea, apex awnless; palea broad, flat or slightly convex and of similar texture to lemma; stamens 3. Caryopsis strongly flattened dorsally, suborbicular to broadly ovoid-ellipsoid

Ecological Threat: It forms dense mats of vegetation, spreading by large, coarse stolons

Biology & Spread:

History: commonly used for lawns and pastures

U.S. Habitat:

Distribution

U.S. Nativity: Native and Introduced to U.S.

Native Origin: Mexico, West Indies, S. Amer. (NatureServe Explorer)

U.S. Present: AL, AR, CA, FL, GA, IL, LA, MS, NC, NJ, OK, PR, SC, TN, TX, VA, VI

Distribution:

Mapping

Invaders of Texas Map: Paspalum notatum
EDDMapS: Paspalum notatum
USDA Plants Texas County Map: Paspalum notatum

Invaders of Texas Observations

List All Observations of Paspalum notatum reported by Citizen Scientists

Resembles/Alternatives

Management

USE PESTICIDES WISELY: ALWAYS READ THE ENTIRE PESTICIDE LABEL CAREFULLY, FOLLOW ALL MIXING AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AND WEAR ALL RECOMMENDED PERSONAL PROTECTIVE GEAR AND CLOTHING. CONTACT YOUR STATE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE FOR ANY ADDITIONAL PESTICIDE USE REQUIREMENTS, RESTRICTIONS OR RECOMMENDATIONS. MENTION OF PESTICIDE PRODUCTS ON THIS WEB SITE DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ENDORSEMENT OF ANY MATERIAL.

Text References

Lorence, David/Flynn, Tim. 1999. New naturalized plant records for the Hawaiian Islands. In: Evenhuis, Neal L. and Eldredge, Lucius G., eds. Records of the Hawaii Biological Survey for 1998. Part 2: Notes. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers. 59:3-6.

Wagner, Warren L./Herbst, Derral R./Sohmer, S. H. 1999. Manual of the flowering plants of Hawaii. Revised edition. Bernice P. Bishop Museum special publication. University of Hawaii Press/Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu. 1919 pp. (two volumes).

Online Resources

Search Online

Google Search: Paspalum notatum
Google Images: Paspalum notatum
NatureServe Explorer: Paspalum notatum
USDA Plants: Paspalum notatum
Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States: Paspalum notatum
Bugwood Network Images: Paspalum notatum

Last Updated: 2007-11-08 by LBJWFC
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