Paspalum urvillei

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Paspalum urvillei
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae ⁄ Gramineae
Genus: Paspalum
Species: P. urvillei
Binomial name
Paspalum urvillei
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Natural range of Paspalum urvillei from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Vasey grass

Taxonomic notes


Paspalum urvillei is a perennial graminoid species.




P. urvillei occurs mainly in moist sandy soil, but can be found in sandy loam, wet marshy areas, alluvial outwash, sand in shallow water, calcareous talus, wet peaty soil, white sand, and dry loamy clay. [1] It can occur in native communities, including pine flatwoods, thickets, marshy clearings in floodplain forests, and river bluffs, as well as bordering swamps, springs, and ponds. [1] However, it also occurs in disturbed areas, including roadsides, power line corridors, ditches, waste ground areas, vacant lots, cultivated ground, old fields, spoil banks, and construction sites. [1]


Flowering and fruiting has been observed in January, as well as in April through December. [1]

Fire ecology

Populations of Paspalum urvillei have been known to persist through repeated annual burning.[1][2]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Robert K. Godfrey, Andre F. Clewell, R. A. Pursell, Bruce Hansen, R. E. Perdue, Jr., George M. Riegler, George R. Cooley, Richard J. Eaton, James D. Ray, Jr., Richard S. Mitchell, R. Kral, P. L. Redfearn, John B. Nelson, Cecil R Slaughter, Gary R. Knight, S. W. Leonard, William R. Stimson, R. Komarek, D. C. Hunt, R. F. Doren, and Richard R. Clinebell II. States and Counties: Florida: Baker, Broward, Calhoun, Clay, Columbia, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Liberty, Marion, Okaloosa, Orange, Pasco, Putnam, Seminole, St Johns, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, and Washington. Georgia: Grady and Thomas.
  2. Platt, W.J., R. Carter, G. Nelson, W. Baker, S. Hermann, J. Kane, L. Anderson, M. Smith, K. Robertson. 2021. Unpublished species list of Wade Tract old-growth longleaf pine savanna, Thomasville, Georgia.