Axonopus furcatus

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Common names: Big carpetgrass [1]

Axonopus furcatus
Axonopus furcatus AFP.jpg
Photo by the Atlas of Florida Plants Database
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida - Moncots
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Axonopus
Species: A. furcatus
Binomial name
Axonopus furcatus
(Fluegge) Hitchcock

Taxonomic Notes

Synonym: Paspalum furcatum (Flügge)

Varieties: none


A. furcatus is a perennial graminoid of the Poaceae family native to North America. [2]


The A. furcatus is found along the Coastal Plains of Virginia to Florida and west to Texas and Arkansas. [2]



A. furcatus can be found in maritime forests, sandy forest, bottomlands, calcareous wet meadows and other coastal regions. [3]

It has been found in plant communities including pine, palmetto, and wet prairie. [4]

This grass is most abundant in regions burned in the winter. [5]

Recorded habitats include longleaf pine sandhills with wet depressions, cypress swamps, rich pasture, standing water, deciduous wooded bottoms on sandy levee, ponds, banks of rivers, and wooded floodplains. [6]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. USDA Plant Database
  2. 2.0 2.1 USDA Plant Database
  3. [Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.]
  4. Hilmon, J. B. (1964). "Plants of the Caloosa Experimental Range " U.S. Forest Service Research Paper SE-12
  5. [Boughton, E., et al. (2013). "Season of fire and nutrient enrichment affect plant community dynamics in subtropical semi-natural grasslands released from agriculture." Biological Conservation 158: 239-247.]
  6. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Cecil R Slaughter, Jason R. Swallen, Robert Kral, Sidney McDaniel, Robert K. Godfrey, G. W. Reinert States and counties: Florida (Alachua, Osceola, Collier, Madison, Jackson, Leon, Nassau, Franklin)