Paspalum distichum L., Syst. Nat. ed. 10 2: 855 1759. (Syn: Anastrophus paspalodes (Michx.) Nash; Digitaria disticha (L.) Fiori & Paol.; Digitaria paspalodes Michx.; Dimorphostachys oaxacensis (Steud.) E.Fourn. ex Hemsl.; Milium distichum (L.) Muhl.; Milium paspalodes (Michx.) Elliott; Panicum digitaria (Poir.) Latirr.; Panicum fernandezianum Colla; Panicum paspaliforme J.Presl; Panicum polyrrhizum J.Presl; Paspalum berterianum Balb. ex Colla; Paspalum bracteatum Dufour ex Kunth [Invalid]; Paspalum chepica Steud.; Paspalum digitaria Poir.; Paspalum distichum var. digitaria (Poir.) Hack. ……; Paspalum elliottii S.Watson [Illegitimate]; Paspalum fernandezianum Colla; Paspalum glaucifolium Berter ex Colla [Invalid]; Paspalum michauxianum Kunth [Illegitimate]; Paspalum oajacense Hemsl. [Spelling variant]; Paspalum oaxacense Steud.; Paspalum paspaliforme J.Presl; Paspalum paspalodes (Michx.) Scribn.; Paspalum paspalodes var. paspalodes ; Paspalum paucispicatum Vasey; Paspalum polyrrhizum J.Presl; Paspalum schaffneri Griseb. ex E.Fourn.; Paspalum schaffneri Griseb. ex Hemsl.; Paspalum vaginatum Döll; Paspalum vaginatum var. pubescens Döll);
U.S.A. to Trop. & Subtrop. America: Alabama, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Bahamas, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, California, Central American Pac, Chile Central, Chile North, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, Galápagos, Georgia, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Idaho, Jamaica, Juan Fernández Is., Kansas, Kentucky, Leeward Is., Louisiana, Maryland, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nicaragua, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Paraguay, Pennsylvania, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Suriname, Tennessee, Texas, Trinidad-Tobago, Turks-Caicos Is., Uruguay, Utah, Venezuela, Virginia, Washington, Windward Is.; Introduced into: Albania, Aldabra, Algeria, Andaman Is., Assam, Austria, Azores, Bangladesh, Borneo, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Comoros, Cook Is., Cyprus, East Aegean Is., East Himalaya, Egypt, Fiji, France, Free State, Greece, Hainan, Hawaii, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jawa, Kermadec Is., Korea, Krym, KwaZulu-Natal, Lebanon-Syria, Lesotho, Libya, Madeira, Malaya, Maldives, Maluku, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Caledonia, New South Wales, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Norfolk Is., Northern Provinces, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Portugal, Queensland, Romania, Réunion, Samoa, Sardegna, Saudi Arabia, Sinai, South Australia, South China Sea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sulawesi, Swaziland, Tadzhikistan, Taiwan, Tasmania, Togo, Transcaucasus, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Victoria, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Yemen, Zaïre, Zimbabwe as per POWO;
Alabama; Albania; Aldabra; Algeria; Andaman Is.; Argentina Northeast; Argentina Northwest; Argentina South; Arizona; Arkansas; Assam; Azores; Bahamas; Bangladesh; Bermuda; Bolivia; Borneo; Brazil North; Brazil Northeast; Brazil South; Brazil Southeast; Brazil West-Central; Bulgaria; California; Canary Is.; Cape Provinces; Central American Pac; Chile Central; Chile North; China North-Central; China South-Central; China Southeast; Colombia; Comoros; Cook Is.; Costa Rica; Cuba; Cyprus; Dominican Republic; East Aegean Is.; East Himalaya; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Fiji; Florida; France; Free State; Galpagos; Georgia; Greece; Guatemala; Guyana; Hainan; Haiti; Hawaii; Honduras; Idaho; India; Iran; Iraq; Italy; Jamaica; Japan; Jawa; Juan Fernndez Is.; Kansas; Kermadec Is.; Korea; Krym; KwaZulu-Natal; Lebanon-Syria; Leeward Is.; Lesotho; Libya; Louisiana; Madeira; Malaya; Maldives; Maluku; Maryland; Mauritania; Mauritius; Mexico Central; Mexico Gulf; Mexico Northeast; Mexico Northwest; Mexico Southeast; Mexico Southwest; Mississippi; Missouri; Morocco; Myanmar; Namibia; Nansei-shoto; Nepal; Nevada; New Caledonia; New Jersey; New Mexico; New South Wales; New Zealand North; New Zealand South; Nicaragua;
Norfolk Is.; North Carolina; Northern Provinces; Oklahoma; Oman; Oregon; Pakistan; Palestine; Paraguay; Pennsylvania; Peru; Philippines; Portugal; Puerto Rico; Queensland; Samoa; Sardegna; Saudi Arabia; Sinai; South Australia; South Carolina; Spain; Sri Lanka; Sulawesi; Suriname; Swaziland; Tadzhikistan; Taiwan; Tasmania; Tennessee; Texas; Togo; Transcaucasus; Trinidad-Tobago; Tunisia; Turkey; Turkey-in-Europe; Turks-Caicos Is.; Tuvalu; Uruguay; Utah; Venezuela; Victoria; Vietnam; Virginia; Washington; West Himalaya; Western Australia; Windward Is.; Yemen; Zare; Zimbabwe
as per Catalogue of life;
Couch paspalum, Eternity grass, Ginger grass, Joint grass, Knotgrass, Thompson grass, Water couch, Water finger-grass; 
There is another sp. Paspalum vaginatum, which is often mistaken as P.distichum. It has shorter and stiff racemes with larger ovate spikelets than the actual P.distichum.



grass Paspalum sp.? from Hooghly 16/8/12 SK2:
Attaching images of a grass, found on roadside, yesterday. Grasses are so enigmatic, even after … discussed it so beautifully in my earlier post ( i am not sure if this could be another Paspalum sp.

Species : Paspalum distichum Linn. ?
Habit & Habitat : grass on roadside
  • height : about 1 foot or less
  • leaves : upper – 3 cm x 0.5 cm; lower at base – 6cm x 0.7 cm
  • racemes 2, about 6 cm each, “V” shaped
Date : 15/8/12, 9.32 A.M.
Place : Garalgacha (Hooghly)

Your are right. This is the actual Paspalum distichum also called Paspalum paspalodes.
There is another sp. Paspalum vaginatum, which is often mistaken as P.distichum. It has shorter and stiff racemes with larger ovate spikelets than the actual P.distichum.

I will see if i can also find Paspalum vaginatum in our locality.

Please ID this grass
Family: Poaceae

Looks like Paspalum distichum, but not very sure

to me also it looks like Paspalum distichum

Paspalum distichum


Poaceae, Cyperaceae and Juncaceae Week: Poaceae-Paspalum distichum from Kashmir-GS86 : Attachments (3). 5 posts by 2 authors.
Paspalum distichum from Kashmir, usually growing in wet places and weed in rice fields, photographed from Hazuribagh Garden in Srinagar on June 16, 2010.
Common Names:
English: Couch paspalum, Eternity grass, Ginger grass, Joint grass, Knotgrass, Thompson grass, Water couch, Water finger-grass

Perhaps better be named as Paspalum paspalodes (Michx.) Scribner in Mem. Torrey Bot. Club. 5:29. 1894. (syn: P. distichum auct. (non L.)

Common in moist places in Kashmir, often on borders of fields and drains. Photographed from Kashmir in June, 2010
For interesting information on nomenclature see:

Thanks, … But GRIn states Paspalum paspalodes (Michx.) Scribn. to be Synonym of Paspalum distichum L. as also The Plant List.
Pl. clarify.

You are right … We take it as P. disticum and ignore Flora of Pakistan.

I’d please : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)
Please give the ID of this grass

Paspalum distichum I hope.


Paspalum distichum: 1 post by 1 author.
It seems there are  two posts in the subject.

Grass from FPH, Agra : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (3)

Need help to identify this grass from Agra, U.P
MOP: Nov 19
Growing in seasonal water body on rocky outcrop.
Is this Paspalum distichum

It is Paspalum paspalodes. The two racemes are long and deflexed (angle between racemes sometimes becoming even more than 180 degrees on maturity); Paspalum distichum has two short erect racemes.

Validation of Paspalum distichum : 6 posts by 2 authors. 2 images- 2 & 4 mb.
Request for validation of Paspalu distichum from Bilaspur. Photographed in July 2020.

Yes it is..

Grass identification?:
Habitat: semi aquatic
Location: kota rajasthan
Date: 24/07/2022

Paspalum distichum


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