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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

Paspalum caespitosum Flugge
Blue paspalum, Blue crowngrass

Paspalum caespitosum
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Family: Poaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: Peninsular Florida, the West Indies, Mexico and Central America.

IRC SOUTH FLORIDA Status: Secure

Map of select IRC data for peninsular Florida

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: Present

FLORIDA KEYS Native Status: Native

IRC FLORIDA KEYS Status: Apparently Secure

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for pinelands and hammock edges in the lower Keys.  Reported in 1918 by H.H.M. Bowman for the lower sandy Keys.  We consider this native throughout the Florida Keys, but presumed extirpated in the lower sandy Keys.

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Paspalum caespitosum has been reported from the following 22 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Bahia Honda State Park Present Native
Big Torch Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Biscayne National Park, Florida Keys Section Present Native
Blue Heron Hammock, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammocks Botanical State Park Present Native
Dove Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Dry Tortugas National Park Presumed Extirpated Presumed Extirpated
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Present Native
Key West National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Present Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park, Klopp Tract Present Native
Little Hamaca Park Present Native
Little Torch Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Middle Torch Hammocks Parcel 3063, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Present Native
Ramrod Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Snake Creek Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Spoonbill Sound Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Sugarloaf Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Wahoo Hammocks, Florida Keys Wildlife and Environmental Area Present Native
Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Present Native




Paspalum caespitosum has been reported for the following 4 habitats in THE FLORIDA KEYS :
Coastal Rock Barren
Disturbed Upland
Pine Rockland
Rockland Hammock


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Paspalum caespitosum
Copyright by: George D. Gann

Paspalum caespitosum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Paspalum caespitosum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Paspalum caespitosum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Paspalum caespitosum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Paspalum caespitosum
Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley