Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Field Paspalum (Paspalum laeve)
- Family: Grass (Poaceae)
- Flowering: July-October.
- Field Marks: This species differs from other species of Paspalum by its smooth spikelets in 1 or 2 rows and less than 1/6 inch in diameter.
- Habitat: Wet prairies, old fields, around ponds and lakes, in roadside ditches.
- Habit: Perennial herb with short rhizomes.
- Stems: Erect, usually smooth, up to 2 1/2 feet tall.
- Leaves: Long, narrow, flat, smooth or sometimes ciliate along the margins, up to 1/2 inch wide.
- Flowers: One flower per spikelet, with several spikelets in 1-2 rows in elongated, slender racemes; each spikelet smooth, circular in outline, about 1/6 inch broad, smooth.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior; styles 3.
- Grains: Yellow, spherical, 1/10 inch in diameter.
- Notes: The grains are eaten by waterfowl.
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