Paspalum notatum Flugge - Bahia Grass
Family - Poaceae
Node of stem.
Leaves on the culm.
Arrow shows the small ligule.
Rachis of the inflorescence.
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.
Photographs taken off Lee Rd 54, Auburn, AL., 6-23-06.