Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Florida Paspalum (Paspalum floridanum)
- Family: Grass (Poaceae)
- Flowering: August-October.
- Field Marks: This is the only beadgrass with paired spikelets at least 1/6 inch long.
- Habitat: Wet meadows, wet prairies, along streams, around ponds and lakes, roadside ditches.
- Habit: Perennial grass with thick rhizomes.
- Stems: Erect, smooth, up to 4 feet tall.
- Leaves: Elongated, narrow, usually smooth, up to 15 inches long, up to 3/4 inch broad.
- Flowers: One per spikelet, with several spikelets in 3-6 racemes; the racemes up to 6 inches long; spikelets usually borne in pairs; each spikelet oval to spherical, smooth, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Grains: Dark red, broadly ellipsoid, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Notes: The grains are eaten by waterfowl.
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