PASPALUM
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Paspalum setaceum  Michx.
[=Paspalum stramineum Nash]
Russell County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 6-40 inches
Family: Poaceae - Grass Family
Flowering Period:   June, July, August, September,October
Also Called: Sand paspalum, thin paspalum.
Culms: Ascending or spreading, few to several stems in a tuft, compressed, somewhat purplish towards base, glabrous, nodes sometimes slightly pubescent.
Blades: Flat, firm, yellowish-green, 2 to 10 inches long, .2 to .6 inch wide, variably hairy to nearly glabrous, rounded at base; margins crinkly, long hairs from pimple-like bases; tips pointed.
Sheaths: Flattened, throat and margins hairy.
Ligules: Short membrane backed by white hairs.
Inflorescences: Racemes, 1-3 or rarely more, 2 to 5 inches long, slender, straight or arching, terminal on stalks; axillary racemes usually solitary, often completely or partially enclosed in sheaths.
Spikelets: Usually in pairs, arranged alternately in two rows on one side of flattened rachis, crowded or relatively loose, short-stalked, nearly circular, pale, glabrous or pubescent; first glume typically absent; second glume and sterile lemma about equal, both 3-nerved.
Habitat: Open ground of pastures, roadsides, and open woods; sandy soils.
Distribution: Throughout Kansas.
Uses: The Kiowa considered paspalum a beneficial fodder plant.
Comments: Paspalum is a variable species with two varieties.

Paspalum inflorescence
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Paspalum blade
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