Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Early Crowngrass - Paspalum praecox ([broad sense]   Walter
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DistributionSee Paspalum praecox [strict-sense] and P. lentiferum.
Taxonomic CommentsSome authors, such as FNA, Blomquist (1948), and Weakley et al. (2012, Flora of Virginia) lump both varieties, due to very similar habitats and range. Weakley (2018), however, lists two varieties in NC -- curtisianum and praecox.

Paspalum is a genus of more than 300 species, found mostly in the New World. The genus is quite easily identified by the neat row of spikelets along each side of a flattened rachis (inflorescence branch), and also by the hemispherical outline of each spikelet. In some species there are only 2 such inflorescence branches, paired at the stem summit; in most of our species there are 3-4 branches; and in a few there may be many. Keys ask whether spikelets are paired or not -- that is, at each node on each side of the rachis there are pairs of spikelets on tiny stalklets. Care must be taken with a hand lens to make sure there are 2 stalklets at each node, as frequently one of the two spikelets will not grow. Non-paired or single spikelets will clearly have only a single stalklet per node.
Other Common Name(s)Early Paspalum. Most references use "Paspalum" as the group name, but this website prefers not to use genus names, if at all possible, when there is an alternate name; Weakley (2018) uses Crowngrass.
State RankSYN
Global RankG4
State StatusW1
US Status
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B.A. SorrieScotland County, 2019, Sandhills Game Land, streamhead N of Whiskey Still Lane. This ientity now is P. lentiferum.