Paspalum urvillei Steud.

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Paspalum urvillei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Paspalum urvillei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Paspalum urvillei

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Common names: Tall paspalum (English) Vasey grass (English)
Status: Introduced
Tufted, usually erect, perennial. Culms up to 2.5 m tall. Racemes usually 10-18, each raceme 4-13 cm long. Spikelets 2-2.8 mm long, ovate, yellowish-green, paired in 2-4 rows along the rhachis. Upper glume sparsely pilose on the upper surface, ciliate on the margin.
Derivation of specific name: urvillei: after J.S.C.D. d’Urville (1790-1842), a French naval officer who collected the type specimen
Habitat: Preferring wet, or seasonally wet, habitats, stream sides and ditches, sometimes in drier places or disturbed habitats.
Altitude range: 1200 m (approx)
Flowering time:Oct - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Native of South America.
Malawi distribution: C,S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 42.

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 88 - 89.

Jackson, G. & Wiehe, P.O. (1958). An Annotated Check List of Nyasaland Grasses The Government Printer, Zomba, Nyasaland Page 69.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 108.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Paspalum urvillei
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Paspalum urvillei
African Plant Database: Paspalum urvillei
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Paspalum urvillei
JSTOR Plant Science: Paspalum urvillei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Paspalum urvillei
Plants of the World Online: Paspalum urvillei
Tropicos: Paspalum urvillei
Wikipedia: Paspalum urvillei

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Paspalum urvillei., retrieved 23 April 2024

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