Common names: seashore Paspalum
Paspalum vaginatum (seashore Paspalum) is a perennial grass (family Poaceae) that can grow to approximately 20 inches tall and is found in the Sonoran Desert and south coast ranges of California. It is native to southeastern North America, other parts of tropical Central and South America and Africa. It favors dunes and bog and marsh habitat. It reproduces vegetatively via sod, containerized material and rhizomes. Its seeds are rarely viable. It spreads via agricultural activities, animal grazing and water.
Cal-IPC Rating: Watch
CDFA Rating: None?
Plant Risk Assessment
Plant Risk Assessment- An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.
Weed Management NotesNo Weed RIC Management Notes are available for this species. Check for information on other species in the genus on the Weed RIC site.
Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles
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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations
Presentations are linked where available. Where a presentation is not available, find more information by reading the abstract in the Cal-IPC Symposia Archive.
- Big Canyon Habitat Restoration and Resiliency Project Phase 3: CEQA exempt through CDFW’s SERP process. Arenas, Alys (2023)
- Mobilizing a rapid response to the threat posed by Paspalum vaginatum to tidal marsh conservation in California. Kerr, Drew; Arenas, Alys (2022)
- Regional EDRR with Bay Area WMAs. Johnson, Doug; Valentine, Nicole (2022)
- Weed alerts and other invasive plant highlights for 2020. Burger, Jutta; Price, Robert (2020)
Other Paspalum vaginatum Information
- CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
- Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
- CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
- EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
- Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
- USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.