Bead-Grass

Bead-grass_jpgThe Poaceae family is commonly called the grass family.  The genuspaspalum is a large group 250 species worldwide and 42 species in the United States.  The grasses in the paspalum genus resemble their close relative the Panicum grasses. The name paspalum is from the Greek paspale meaning “meal”. Bead-Grass has become a common weed in fields and disturbed sites and road sides. Bead-Grass has seeds along the stems which resemble beads.  The seeds are eaten by upland gamebirds, marshbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl and songbirds.  The plant is eaten by small mammals, hoofed browsers, and some waterfowl.

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ScientificName:

Paspalum setaceum var. muhlengergii

Community:

Edge

PlantStatus:

Native

LifeSpan:

Perennial

PlantHeight:

Prostrate to erect 12 to 40 inches

FruitingTime:

July to October

Distribution:

New Hampshire to Florida ~ Coastal Plains of New Jersey

FloweringTime:

July to October

IdentifyingCharacteristics:

Short, knotty rhizomes ~ Tufted ~ Smooth stems ~ Leaves narrow ~ Seed numerous, rounded. Consider the often quoted rhyme when identifying grasses:“Sedges have edges, Rushes are round, Grasses have joints from their tips to the ground.”