Paspalum scrobiculatum L.

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Paspalum scrobiculatum

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Haka Game Park, Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms: Paspalum commersonii Lam.
Paspalum orbiculare G. Forst.
Paspalum polystachyum R. Br.
Common names: Veld paspalum (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial tufted grass, up to 1.5 m, but usually much smaller. Leaves light green, often tinged with purple. Inflorescence mostly digitate with 2 or 3 racemes, but occasionally more. Spikelets almost round, glabrous, in 2 overlapping rows along the thickened rhachis
Derivation of specific name: scrobiculatum: minutely pitted
Habitat: In damp soils, roadsides and cultivated land, often near water.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1900 m
Flowering time:Oct - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 358. (Includes a picture).

Clayton, W.D. (1989). Poaceae Flora Zambesiaca 10(3) Pages 89 - 90.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 441. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 142.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Paspalum scrobiculatum., retrieved 25 October 2016

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