Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large genus of grasses of the tribe Paniceæ, having commonly three glumes, and spikelets jointed singly upon undivided branches of the inflorescence, forming narrow one-sided spikes. The species are variously estimated as from 160 to 300 in number, and are mainly natives of tropical America; a few are in Africa and Asia, with some naturalized in southern Europe. They are usually low grasses with roundish coriaceous seed-like spikelets. Many species, especially those in the southern United States, are hardy and valuable pasture-grasses, as P. distichum, known as joint-grass, and in Australia as silt-grass, and P. dilatatum, also used as a fodder-grass in South America and Australia. P. exile is called
fundi(which see) and hungry rice. P. filiforme is the wire-grass of Jamaica, and P. conjugatum the West Indian sour-grass or hilo-grass. See hureek, and millet coda (under millet).
- n. tall tufted perennial tropical American grass naturalized as pasture and forage grass in southern United States
“They planted new turf, seashore paspalum, which is a heartier grass for Hawaii's climate.”
“Scientists are also developing breeds of grass that require less water, such as paspalum, which can tolerate saltwater.”
“The course has been replanted with saline-tolerant varieties of paspalum grass that thrive on brackish water.”
“Vegetation is mostly mid and tall grasses such as seacoast bluestem, switchgrass, gulfdune paspalum, fringeleaf paspalum, sandbur, purple threeawn, pricklypear, and catclaw with an overstory of southern live oak and honey mesquite trees.”
“Little bluestem, yellow Indiangrass, brownseed paspalum, gulf muhly, and switchgrass were the dominant grassland species, with some similarities to the grasslands of Ecoregion 32.”
“Other native vegetation is mainly grassland composed of seacoast bluestem, sea-oats, common reed, gulfdune paspalum, and soilbind morning-glory.”
“Big bluestem was a likely dominant on the Blackland Prairie Mollisols, and little bluestem-brownseed paspalum prairie often occurred on the Fayette Prairie Alfisols.”
“Little bluestem – brownseed paspalum (S. scoparium-Paspalum plicatulum) prairie is associated with Fayette Prairie alfisols.”
“Little bluestem, big bluestem, yellow Indiangrass, brownseed paspalum, and switchgrass were dominant grasses, in a mixture with hundreds of other herbaceous species across these prairies.”
“The hollow in which we lived, or perhaps the pollen from the paspalum which was always threatening to engulf us, or the suspicion that my life had taken a wrong turning, encouraged the worst attacks of asthma”
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Culling my "Learned (or Encountered) in Reading" list. Thanks for the idea, yarb.
Words I do not know (and may have transcribed incorrectly) from the first volume of Clive James' 'Unreliable Memoirs'.
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