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Bahiagrass (Paspalum notatum Flueggé)

Also known as bahia grass, common bahia, and Pensacola bahia.

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Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

This species is native to much, but not all of South America, and is now widely found north of its native range through Central America and into the US. We mark the entirety of its new range Introduced because there are several major gaps in its range, some in South America, and more between the US and Mexico and an additional gap between the West Coast populations. This species also functions ecologically like an invasive species introduced across major geographic divides. We have yet to build the portion of its map in Mexico.


This species is often used as a lawn or turfgrass, particularly in Florida, where it is valued for its ability to thrive in hotter, drier conditions where most turfgrass struggles; we warn against its use because of its invasive potential. This species' use in lawns is the main source of plants that spread into the wild.

Paspalum notatum (bahiagrass) | USDA PLANTS Database (About This Site)

Paspalum notatum (Bahia grass) | CABI Invasive Species Compendium (About This Site)

Paspalum notatum | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)

Paspalum notatum | NatureServe Explorer (About This Site)

Paspalum notatum | Flora of North America (About This Site)

Paspalum notatum Flüggé | Plants of the World Online (POWO) (About This Site)

Paspalum notatum Fluegge (Bahia Grass) | Digital Atlas of the Virginia Flora (About This Site)