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Paspalum lentiferum Lamarck. Curtis’s Crown Grass. Phen: Jun-Oct. Hab: Pine savannas, wet prairies, seepage slopes. Dist: NC south to s. FL, west to e. TX.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Taxonomy Comments: Although subtly different morphologically, this taxon appears to warrant species rank. If treated at varietal rank, the varietal epithet is in honor of Rev. Moses Ashley Curtis (of Hillsborough, NC), not Allen Hiram Curtiss (of Jacksonville, FL); the correct spelling of the epithet is therefore ‘curtisianum’.

Synonymy: = HC, S, Silveus (1942); = Paspalum curtisianum Steud.; = Paspalum praecox Walter var. curtisianum (Steud.) Vasey – F, G, RAB; = Paspalum praecox Walter var. curtissianum – C, orthographic error; < Paspalum praecox Walter – ETx1, FlGr, FNA25, GW1, K1, K3, K4, Tx, Va, WH3

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Midwest: OBL (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

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image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
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