Paspalum urvillei

Family (Traditional)Poaceae
Species:Paspalum urvillei Steud.
Common NameVaseys Grass
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Natural Area Presence: GILES; Natural Area Presence: GRSM; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Moisture Requirements: Sub-xeric; Moisture Requirements: Dry-mesic; Region of Origin: South America; Reproductive Phenology: March; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Reproductive Phenology: November; Reproductive Phenology: December; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Caryopsis; Fruit Type: Grain; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Placentation Type: Parietal; Placentation Type: Basal; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value N/A
StatusNot Native; AGCP (FAC), EMP (FAC) (NWPL); TN[SNA] KY[SNA] (State Rank); GNR (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Paspalum dilatatum var. parviflorum Paspalum dilatatum var. parviflorum Döll
Paspalum griseum Paspalum griseum Hack. ex Loefgr.
Paspalum larranagai Paspalum larranagai Arech.
Paspalum ovatum var. parviflorum Paspalum ovatum var. parviflorum Nees
Paspalum vaseyanum Paspalum vaseyanum Scribn.
Paspalum virgatum var. parviflorum Paspalum virgatum var. parviflorum Döll
Paspalum virgatum var. pubiflorum Paspalum virgatum var. pubiflorum Vasey

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Polk (TN), Shelby (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: MEM, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1956 - 1956

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
MEM000212 Shelby Tennessee 21 Jun 1956 Charles E. Kendrick
Paspalum urvillei
UCHT006314 Polk Tennessee
Paspalum urvillei
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Plant Photos

Paspalum urvillei - Dwayne Estes
Paspalum urvillei - Dwayne Estes
Paspalum urvillei - Dwayne Estes
Paspalum urvillei - Dwayne Estes
Paspalum urvillei - Dwayne Estes
Paspalum urvillei - Dwayne Estes
Paspalum urvillei - Dwayne Estes
Paspalum urvillei - Dwayne Estes