Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Paspalum urvillei Steud.
- Family: Grass (Poaceae)
- Flowering: May-September
- Field Marks: This paspalum has silky hairs that are longer than the spikelets; spikelets 1/8-1/10 inch long, and 8-22 racemes in the panicle.
- Habitat: Moist soil.
- Habit: Tufted perennial with short rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright, smooth or sparsely pubescent, up to 6 feet tall.
- Leaves: Long, narrow, up to 1/2 inch broad, smooth except near the base; base of sheaths with
- Flowers: One per spikelet; spikelets borne in 8-22 racemes arranged in a panicle; each raceme
up to 5 inches long.
- Spikelets: Arranged in 4 rows, ellipsoid, pointed at the tip, long silky-hairy.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Grains: Brownish, oblongoid, about 1/10 inch long.
- Notes: This is one of the few species in this genus that has hairy spikelets. It is also the tallest
species in this genus.
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