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Paspalum setaceum Michx.
thin paspalum

General Information
Symbol: PASE5
Group: Monocot
Family: Poaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Graminoid
Native Status: CAN   N
PR   N
L48   N
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Native Status:
lower 48 status L48    Alaska status AK    Hawaii status HI    Puerto Rico status PR    Virgin Islands status VI    Canada status CAN    Greenland status GL    Saint Pierre and Michelon status SPM   


Symbol Scientific Name
PARI6 Paspalum rigidifolium Nash
PAPR8 Paspalum propinquum Nash
PAMU8 Paspalum muehlenbergii Nash
PACI6 Paspalum ciliatifolium Michx.
PADE13 Paspalum debile Michx.
PASE4 Paspalum separatum Shinners
PASEV Paspalum setaceum Michx. var. villosissimum (Nash) D. Banks
PASES Paspalum setaceum Michx. var. stramineum (Nash) D. Banks
PABU3 Paspalum bushii Nash
PASEM Paspalum setaceum Michx. var. muehlenbergii (Nash) D. Banks
PACIM Paspalum ciliatifolium Michx. var. muehlenbergii (Nash) Fernald
PASEL Paspalum setaceum Michx. var. longepedunculatum (Leconte) Alph. Wood
PALO5 Paspalum longepedunculatum Leconte
PASER Paspalum setaceum Michx. var. rigidifolium (Nash) D. Banks
PASEC2 Paspalum setaceum Michx. var. ciliatifolium (Michx.) Vasey
PASEP Paspalum setaceum Michx. var. psammophilum (Nash) D. Banks
PAST7 Paspalum stramineum Nash
PACIS Paspalum ciliatifolium Michx. var. stramineum (Nash) Fernald
PASES2 Paspalum setaceum Michx. var. supinum (Bosc ex Poir.) Trin.
PAPU8 Paspalum pubescens Muhl. ex Willd.
PASEC Paspalum setaceum Michx. var. calvescens Fernald
PAPS2 Paspalum psammophilum Nash
PASU5 Paspalum supinum Bosc ex Poir.


Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass Commelinidae
Order Cyperales
Family Poaceae ⁄ Gramineae – Grass family
Genus Paspalum L. – crowngrass
Species Paspalum setaceum Michx. – thin paspalum

Subordinate Taxa

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Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Paspalum setaceum var. psammophilum
bead grass
Special Concern
New York
slender beadgrass
slender beadgrass
Rhode Island
Paspalum setaceum var. psammophilum
tufted beard-grass
Special Concern

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Arid West UPL
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FAC
Caribbean FACU
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACU
Great Plains FAC
Hawaii FACU
Midwest FACU
Northcentral & Northeast FACU
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast UPL



Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds
Miller Low Low


Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds


Miller, J.H., and K.V. Miller. 1999. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. Southern Weed Science Society.

Description of Values

Value Class Food Cover
High Average 25-50% of diet Regular source of cover
Low 5-10% of diet Infrequently used as cover
Minor 2-5% of diet Sparsely used as cover
Moderate Average 10-25% of diet Occasional source of cover