Taxon  Report   6084    
Paspalum distichum  L.
Knot grass,  Knotgrass
Paspalum distichum
© 2011 Zoya Akulova
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Paspalum distichum
© 2017 Ron Vanderhoff
Paspalum distichum
© 2015 Ryan Batten
Paspalum distichum, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Paspalum distichum
© 2016 Neal Kramer
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Paspalum
Communities: Valley Grassland, Freshwater Wetlands, Coastal Salt Marsh, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Habitat: coastal, salt-marsh, freshwater-marsh

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Digitaria paspaloides
PLANTS: Paspalum paspaloides
ICPN + PLANTS: Paspalum distichum var. indutum
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More information about  Paspalum distichum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 21, 2019).