Vascular – Exotic
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Aquatic: Emergent. Found in brackish water around the margins of river mouths and estuaries
Wetland plant indicator status rating
FACW: Facultative Wetland
Usually is a hydrophyte but occasionally found in uplands (non-wetlands).
Decumbent perennial grass with long creeping stolons. Leaf-blade up to 8 cm x 2 mm, rather stiff and much narrower than the sheath. Culm up to about 20 cm tall, panicle consisting of 2 spreading racemes.
Not immediately obvious as paspalum, but close inspection reveals characteristic seed-heads. Can be separated from other paspalum species by the inflorescence of 2 racemes, the long spikelets (2.5-4.5 mm) and the upper glume glabrous (P. distichum has minutely appressed pubescence on upper glume). It is also the most salt-tolerant so location is important.
paspalum: The Greek name for millet
Reason For Introduction
Spreads vegetatively by stolons and by seed.
Seeds are produced.
Grows in marginal saline habitats.