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Paspalum floridanum Michaux. Florida Paspalum, Big Paspalum. Phen: Mar-Dec. Hab: Longleaf pine sandhills, pine savannas, hammock edges, moist forests, ditches, barrens, prairies, fields, roadsides. Dist: NJ, IL, and KS south to s. FL and e. TX.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: Two taxa have often been recognized, have different distributions, and may warrant recognition. Var. floridanum has plants green, leaf sheaths (especially the lower) moderately to densely hairy, and leaf blades hairy on the upper surface from base to apex. Var. glabratum is distinctly blue-green when fresh, has leaf sheaths glabrous (or the lowest very sparsely hairy), and leaf blades glabrous or hairy on the upper surface only at the very base.

Synonymy: = Ar, C, ETx1, FlGr, FNA25, GW1, Il, K1, K3, K4, NcTx, RAB, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3; > Paspalum altissimum Leconte – S13; > Paspalum difforme Leconte – G, HC, S, S13, Silveus (1942); > Paspalum floridanum Michx. – G, S13; > Paspalum floridanum Michx. var. floridanum – F, HC, Mo1, S, Tat, Silveus (1942); > Paspalum floridanum Michx. var. glabratum Engelm. ex Vasey – F, HC, Mo1, Pa, S, Tat, Silveus (1942); > Paspalum giganteum Baldwin ex Vasey – HC, S, S13, SFla, Silveus (1942); > Paspalum glabratum (Engelm.) C.Mohr – S13; > Paspalum longicilium Nash – S13

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW
  • Great Plains: FACW
  • Midwest: FACW
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACW

Heliophily ?: 9

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