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Paspalum distichum L.
Knot grass

Paspalum distichum

Family: Poaceae

Group: Monocot

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: United States, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America and South America.

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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Other data on Paspalum distichum available from :

Paspalum distichum has been found in the following 39 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Barefoot Beach Preserve Doubtfully Present
Big Cypress National Preserve Present Native
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Doubtfully Present
Bill Sadowski Park Present Native
Biscayne National Park Doubtfully Present
Blowing Rocks Preserve Doubtfully Present
Bocilla Preserve Present Native
Cape Romano - Ten Thousand Islands Aquatic Preserve Present Native
Cayo Costa State Park Present Native
Dr. Von D. Mizell-Eula Johnson State Park Recorded as Present in Error
Dupuis Reserve Present Native
Estero Bay Preserve State Park Present Native
Everglades and Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area Present Native
Everglades National Park Present Native
Fern Forest Nature Center Present Native
Frenchman's Forest Natural Area Present Native
Frog Pond/L-31 N Transition Lands Present Native
Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge Present Native
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park Present Native
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park Present Native
Jonathan Dickinson State Park Present Native
Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding Natural Area Doubtfully Present
Jupiter Ridge Natural Area Present Native
Key West National Wildlife Refuge Doubtfully Present
Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve Present Native
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park Doubtfully Present
Long Key State Park Doubtfully Present
Matheson Hammock Park Present Native
National Key Deer Refuge Doubtfully Present
Okeeheelee Park Present Native
Pal-Mar Natural Area Present Native
Pond Apple Slough Natural Area Present Native
Porter-Russell Pineland Present Native
Radnor Beach Park Present Native
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Present Native
Stump Pass Beach State Park Present Native
Tigertail Beach County Park Present Native
Vanderbilt Beach County Park Present Native

Paspalum distichum has been found in the following 6 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Broward County Native
Charlotte County Native
Lee County Native
Miami-Dade County Native
Monroe County (Keys) Recorded as Present in Error
Palm Beach County Native

Paspalum distichum has been found in the following habitat :
Disturbed Wetland

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Paspalum distichum