Paspalum notatum Flugge - Bahia Grass

Paspalum notatum plant

Family - Poaceae


Paspalum notatum rhizomeRhizome.

Paspalum notatum nodeNode of stem.


Paspalum notatum culmLeaves on the culm.

Paspalum notatum leaf baseLeaf base.

Paspalum notatum liguleArrow shows the small ligule.


Paspalum notatum rachisRachis of the inflorescence.


Paspalum notatum flowers

Paspalum notatum fruits

Flowering - June - November.

Habitat - Widely cultivated as a lawn and pasture grass, rarely escaped to roadsides, waste places, and open disturbed sites.

Origin - Native to tropical America.

Other information - This species can be found throughout most of Alabama. The plant is commonly planted as a lawn grass and is often mowed before the flowering culms reach maturity. Typically, this grass has two rachises at the apex of the flowering culm that produce a "Y" shape. A third, fourth, and sometimes fifth flowering rachis(es) can also form below the upper two rachises (as in the picture above). The leaves of this species can be conduplicate or flat.

Alabama Distribution:

Paspalum notatum map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL., 6-23-06.

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