Paspalum floridanum

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Common name: Florida paspalum [1]

Paspalum floridanum
Paspalum floridanum AFP.jpg
Photo by Keith Bradley hosted at Atlas of Florida Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida - Moncots
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Paspalum
Species: P. floridianum
Binomial name
Paspalum floridanum
Michx.
PASP FLOR DIST.JPG
Natural range of Paspalum floridanum from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: P. difforme Le Conte; P. floridanum var. floridanum; P. floridanum var. glabratum Engelmann ex Vasey; P. giganteum Baldwin ex Vasey

Varieties: none

Description

P. floridanum is a perennial graminoid of the Poaceae family native to North America. [1]

Distribution

P. floridanum is found in the southeastern corner of the United States from Texas to New Jersey. [1]

Ecology

Habitat

P. floridanum proliferates in wet forests and pine savannas. [2] Specimens have been collected from disturbed roadside in pine-oak woodland, wet pine flatwoods and cypress depression, disturbed sandy field, longleaf pine stand, willow thicket, wiregrass savanna, pond-margin, marsh bank, mesic hammock, hardwood swamp, and sandy loam of hillside seepage. [3]

Phenology

P. floridanum has been observed flowering May through July and in September. [4]

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by gravity. [5]

Conservation and Management

P. floridanum is listed as extirpated by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. [1]

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 USDA Plant Database https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=PAFL4
  2. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Cecil Slaughter, R.K. Godfrey, J.R> Burkhalter, D.W. Hall, R.A. Pursell, R.Kral, N.C. Henderson, Paul Redfearn, A.H. Curtiss, William Reese, Jean Wooten, A.F. Clewell, Gary Knight, David Hall, Dan Skean, F.C. Craighead, Ann Johnson, R. Komarek, R.A> Norris, J.S. McCorkle, Wilson Baker, T. MacClendon, Annie Achmidt, William Platt, John Nelson, Wade Biltoft. States and counties: Florida (Wakulla, Nassau, Flagler, Jefferson, Escambia, Leon, Gulf, Dixie, Volusia, Okaloosa, Walton, Jackson, Gadsden, Flageler, Holmes, Duval, Levy, Osceola, Calhoun) Georgia (Thomas, Grady) South Carolina (Berkeley)
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. www.gilnelson.com/PanFlora/ Accessed: 24 MAY 2018
  5. Kirkman, L. Katherine. Unpublished database of seed dispersal mode of plants found in Coastal Plain longleaf pine-grasslands of the Jones Ecological Research Center, Georgia.