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Seashore paspalum
Paspalum vaginatum
Poaceae
 

Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, Delray Beach Municipal Beach, Florida, USA
2 Oct 2015, Enlarge

General Landscape Uses: Coastal lawns and golf courses.

Availability: Native plant nurseries.

Description: Small creeping herbaceous grass.

Dimensions: Typically 6-12 inches in height; to 2 feet in flower. Spreading and forming large open or dense patches.

Growth Rate: Moderate.

Range: Southeastern United States west to Texas and south mostly along the Florida coasts to the Monroe County Keys; West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Old World.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Wet to moist coastal areas, occasionally inland.

Soils: Wet to moist, well-drained to inundated sandy, limestone, or organic soils.

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

Salt Water Tolerance: High; tolerates flooding by salt water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Pioneer; grows in unconsolidated substrate in direct salt wind and spray.

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

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Green inflorescence turning brown.

Flower Characteristics: Inconspicuous.

Flowering Season: Spring-fall.

Fruit: Inconspicuous light brown caryopsis.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed and division.

Comments: It can be mowed and is being used as a lawn grass in coastal areas.


Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, Delray Beach Municipal Beach, Florida, USA
2 Oct 2015, Enlarge

Copyright by: George D. Gann
In habitat, Delray Beach Municipal Beach, Florida, USA
2 Oct 2015, Enlarge

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley


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