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infestation (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
habit (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
leaves (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
seed-heads (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
v-shaped seed-head with numerous flower spikelets arranged in two rows along the branches (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of flower spikelets with feathery stigmas and anthers (Photo: Sheldon Navie)
close-up of seeds (Photo: Steve Hurst at USDA PLANTS Database)
Paspalum notatum Flüggé
Gramineae (South Australia)Poaceae (Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, Western Australia and the Northern Territory)
Bahia grass, Bahiagrass, common bahai, lawn paspalum, Pensacola bahai, water couch
Native to Mexico, Central America (i.e. Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama), the Caribbean and South America (i.e. Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay).
Widely naturalised in many parts of Australia, particularly along the eastern seaboard. It is common in eastern Queensland, in some parts of eastern New South Wales and in the coastal districts of southern Victoria. Also naturalised in some parts of south-western and northern Western Australia.
Also naturalised overseas in south-eastern USA and on some Pacific islands (e.g. Fiji and Hawaii).
Bahia grass (Paspalum notatum) is regarded as an environmental weed in Queensland, and as a potential environmental weed in other parts of Australia.
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