SCIENTIFIC NAME: Paspalum notatum
COMMON NAME(S): Bahiagrass
FAMILY: POACEAE (GRAMINEAE) Grass Family
ORIGIN: Tropical America
HABITAT: Dry to moist, open areas
HEIGHT: Less than 18"; flower stalks to 24"
CHARACTERISTICS: Tufted, short prostrate stalks turning up at the tips
LEAVES: Alternate, simple, linear, about 1/2" wide, narrowing to the tip
FLOWERS: Inconspicuous borne on upright stalks that split into two at the top
FLOWERING SEASON: May to November
FRUITS: Dry, one-seeded, inconspicuous
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Multiple pollen allergens
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Respiratory
COMMENTS: Frequent use as a roadside grass is increasing the population in many areas. Flower production is continuous during the warm months, but frequent mowing removes the shoots before the flowers produce pollen.