Paspalum laeve Michx.

Field Paspalum

Paspalum laeve plant

Family - Poaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Paspalum laeve baseBase of plant in-situ.

Paspalum laeve basePortion of base.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Paspalum laeve leaf baseLeaf base.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Paspalum laeve flowers

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Moist depressions of upland prairies, low prairies, swamps, fens, streambanks, sinkhole ponds, lakes, sloughs, pastures, cultivated areas, old fields, ditches, disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found mainly in the southern half of Missouri. Three varieties occur in the state based on leaf sheath pubescence and spikelet shape. I won't go into the varieties here.
Grasses of this genus are easy to recognize but can sometimes be difficult to key to species.

Photographs taken in Springfield, MO., 7-5-03.