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Gulfdune paspalum
Paspalum monostachyum
Poaceae
 

Copyright by: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also moist to wet wildflower gardens.

Availability: Grown by one or two native plant nurseries in South Florida.

Description: Medium herbaceous grass with wiry stems.

Dimensions: About 1-2 feet in height; 3 feet in flower. Spreading from underground stems (rhizomes) and forming large patches.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Monroe County Keys north to Palm Beach, Hendry and Charlotte counties; Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. In the Monroe County Keys, disjunct from Miami-Dade County south to the pine rocklands of Big Pine Key.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Pinelands and prairies.

Soils: Wet to moist, moderately well-drained to poorly drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Low; salt wind may burn the leaves.

Drought Tolerance: Low; requires moist to wet soils and is intolerant of long periods of drought.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Green.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Summer-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous caryopsis.

Wildlife and Ecology: Provides food for birds.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and division.


Copyright by: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.

Copyright by: Grasses, Sedges and Rushes of Palm Beach
and Martin Counties, Florida website.


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