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Genus: Paspalum

Life > eukaryotes > Archaeoplastida > Chloroplastida > Charophyta > Streptophytina > Plantae (land plants) > Tracheophyta (vascular plants) > Euphyllophyta > Lignophyta (woody plants) > Spermatophyta (seed plants) > Angiospermae (flowering plants) > Monocotyledons > Order: Poales > Family: Poaceae

There are about 330 species worldwide (tropics, predominately New World) of which five species are native to southern Africa and four naturalised. In addition, Paspalum nutans (native to tropical America) is cultivated in the region.

Species native to southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI) and Flora of Zimbabwe.

Paspalum distichum


Paspalum glumaceum

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Paspalum lamprocaryon

Recorded from Zimbabwe.


Paspalum scrobiculatum

Paspalum vaginatum

See Flora of Zimbabwe.


Species naturalised in southern Africa

List from Plants of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).

Paspalum dilatatum


Paspalum notatum

Paspalum quadrifarium


Paspalum urvillei

Other species, cultivated in southern Africa

List from Glen (2002).

Paspalum nutan

Native to tropical America.



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