Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1033

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Non-native: Tropical America
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon north of FL)

Look for it on roadsides and disturbed areas, sometimes planted as a coarse turfgrass or a pasture grass, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014

 

full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal & low alternate, 2-ranked

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomes stout, plants mat-forming

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Inflorescence a panicle of 2 racemose branches, occasionally 1-2 below

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain brownish
Grain

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Paspalum notatum   FAMILY Poaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Paspalum notatum var. notatum   FAMILY Poaceae

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-74-005:
Paspalum notatum var. saurae   FAMILY Poaceae

GREATER THAN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Paspalum notatum var. saurae

 

COMMON NAME:
Bahia Grass


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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_notatum_saurae_7927

June    Iredell County    NC

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_notatum_saurae_7932

June    Iredell County    NC

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_notatum_saurae_7933

June    Iredell County    NC

Inflorescence consists of 2 racemes, occ. another (rarely 2) just below, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Paspalum notatum

JK Marlow    jkm180728_3508

July    Greenville County    SC

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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_notatum_saurae_8061

July    Catawba County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm180813_3747

August    Greenville County    SC

V-shaped inflorescence high above basal tufts of lvs makes this conspicuous, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm081026_027

October    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Shallow, often exposed, reddish to purple-colored, rhizomes, per Weeds of Southern Turfgrasses.

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JK Marlow    jkm0311g_13

November    Chester County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District