Paspalum laeve

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Common Names: field paspalum [1], field crowngrass [2]

Paspalum laeve
Paspalum laeve 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. laeve
Binomial name
Paspalum laeve
Natural range of Paspalum laeve from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonym: P. longipilum(Nash)

Variety: Paspalum laeve var. circulare (Nash) Stone


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


P. laeve is found throughout the southeastern United States, reaching as far north as New York and Michigan, and as far west as Texas and Kansas. [1]



This perennial grass is commonly found on forest edges, and disturbed areas. [3] Specimens have been colelcted from habitats that include moist loamy sands at the edges of a pond, grassy slopes of a roadside ditch, open pine/oak flatwoods, coastal hammocks, open margin of a swamp, dried up pond bottoms, wet sands od a marsh, small swale, wiregrass palmetto flatwoods, cypress pond, low field, and old pasture. [4]

The grass has a intermediate level of shade and drought tolerance. [1]


P. laeve has been observed flowering in June and September.[5]

Conservation and Management

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 USDA Plant Database
  2. Orzell, S. L. and E. L. Bridges (2006). "Floristic composition of the south-central Florida dry prairie landscape." Florida Ecosystem 1(3): 123-133.
  3. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  4. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Wilson Baker, R.K. Godfrey, R. Kral, P.L. Redfearn, Sidney McDaniel, William Adams, C.V. Piper, R.A. Pursell, D.L. Martin, S. T. Cooper, A.H. Curtis, Allen Shuey, R. Norris, Cecil Slaughter, John B.. Nelson, Steve Bennett, P. Ferral, A. Williams, Danielle Dodier. States and counties: Florida (Wakulla, Jackson, Bay, Liberty, Nassau, Taylor, Okaloosa, Brevard, Escambia, Madison, Leon, Charlotte, Jefferson, Marion, Manatee, Duval, Calhoun, Washington) Georgia (Clinch, Charlton, Thomas) South Carolina (Berkeley) Texas (Madison)
  5. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 24 MAY 2018