Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4050

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in Coastal Plain, rare elsewhere

Look for it in mesic to wet longleaf pine savannas and mesic swales in sandhills, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet ...Moist

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

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomes thick

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Inflorescence a panicle of usually 3 ascending racemose branches

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Purple
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Paspalum bifidum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Paspalum bifidum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-74-010:
Paspalum bifidum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Paspalum bifidum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Paspalum bifidum

 

COMMON NAME:
Pitchfork Paspalum, Pitchfork Crown Grass