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Floristic Inventory of the Florida Keys Database Online

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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FLORIDA KEYS Occurrence: A Doubtfull Record

Map of select IRC data for the Florida Keys

Florida Keys History and Distribution: Reported in 1913 by John Kunkel Small for hammocks and limestone sinkholes in the lower Keys.  There are several other reports for the Florida Keys, but all are probably misidentifications of P. vaginatum.

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Paspalum distichum has been reported from the following 4 conservation areas in the FLORIDA KEYS :
Occurrence Native Status
Key West National Wildlife Refuge A Doubtfull Record
Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park A Doubtfull Record
Long Key State Park A Doubtfull Record
National Key Deer Refuge A Doubtfull Record

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Paspalum distichum