Paspalum conjugatum

P.J. Bergius
Common names: Sour paspalum
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 25. Treatment on page 572.

Plants perennial; stoloniferous. Culms 15-80 cm, erect; nodes glabrous. Sheaths glabrous, pubescent distally; ligules 0.5-0.8 mm; blades 7-23 cm long, 1.5-8 mm wide, flat. Panicles terminal, usually composed of a pair of branches, a third branch sometimes present below the terminal pair; branches 2.5-12.7 cm, diverging to spreading, often arcuate, persistent; branch axes 0.2-0.8 mm wide, glabrous, margins scabrous, terminating in a reduced spikelet. Spikelets 1.3-1.9 mm long, 0.8-1.1 mm wide, solitary, appressed to the branch axes, ovate, stramineous. Lower glumes absent; upper glumes pilose on the margins, veinless or 2-3-veined; lower lemmas glabrous, veinless or 2-3-veined; upper florets whitish to golden yellow. Caryopses 0.9-1.1 mm, white to yellow. 2n = 18, 20, 40, 80.


Puerto Rico, Tex., La., Utah, Ala., Pacific Islands (Hawaii), Miss., Virgin Islands, Fla.


Paspalum conjugatum is native to tropical and subtropical regions of both the Western and Eastern hemispheres, including the Flora region. It grows in disturbed areas and at the edges of forests, and is sometimes used as a lawn grass.

Selected References


Lower Taxa