Paspalum plicatulum

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Common name: brownseed paspalum [1]

Paspalum plicatulum
Paspalum plicatulum AFP.jpg
Photo by Betty Wargo 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. plicatulum
Binomial name
Paspalum plicatulum
Natural range of Paspalum plicatulum from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: none

Varieties: none


P. plicatulum is a perennial graminoid of the Poaceae family native to North America, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. [1]


P. plicatulum is found along the southeastern coast of the United States from Texas to South Carolina, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. [1]



P. plicatulum proliferates in pine savannas and fields. [2] Specimens have been collected from sandhill community, sand-oak woodland, pine flatwoods, swamp clearing, full sun woodland, pine flatwoods, shore of lake, roadside shoulder, savanna, longleaf pine forest, river bank, floodplain, wiregrass sandhill, and grassy clearing with loamy sands. [3]


P. plicatulum has been observed flowering in May and July. [4]

Fire ecology

P. plicatulum is not fire resistant, but has medium fire tolerance. [1]

Use by animals

P. plicatulum has high palatability for browsing and grazing animals. [1]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 USDA Plant Database
  2. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: Cecil Slaughter, Marc Minno, Loran C. Anderson, Jake Gruis, R.K. Godfrey, Angus Gholson, R.F> Doren, H. Kurz, Wilson Baker, Sidney McDaniel,R.A. Pursell, R. Kral, J.B. McFarlin, R.E. Perue, R. Komarek, Kurt Blum, Ed Tyson, J.S. McCorkle, J. Dwyer, H. Loftin, William Stimson, J.A. Duke, R>L. Lazor, A.F. Clewell, Annie Schmidt, Ann Johnson, John Kunzer. States and counties: Florida (Clay, Leon, Orange, Calhoun, Gadsden, Wakulla, Franklin, Washington, Walton, Jackson, Santa Rosa, Liberty, Union, Nassau, Levy, Citrus, Holmes, Lee, Gulf) Alabama (Crenshaw) Georgia (Grady, Thomas)
  4. 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