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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Synonyms:
Common names: Tall paspalum (English) Vasey grass (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
Description:
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.
Notes: The altitude of 1200 m mentioned in FZ 10(3): 89 is far too limited for this species.
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: (metres) 700 - 1910 m
Flowering time:Oct - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Native of South America.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 3 March 2007
Literature:

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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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Paspalum urvillei
African Plant Database: Paspalum urvillei
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Paspalum urvillei
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Paspalum urvillei
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Paspalum urvillei
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Paspalum urvillei
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Paspalum urvillei
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Paspalum urvillei
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Paspalum urvillei
JSTOR Plant Science: Paspalum urvillei
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Paspalum urvillei
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Paspalum urvillei
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Paspalum urvillei
Plants of the World Online: Paspalum urvillei
The Plant List (version 1.1): Paspalum urvillei
Tropicos: Paspalum urvillei
Wikipedia: Paspalum urvillei


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Paspalum urvillei.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=107140, retrieved 19 October 2019

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