Paspalum batianoffii B.K.Simon, 1992:598

Batianoff's paspalum grass



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Paspalum sp. 'Statue Bay' (G.N. Batianoff 651) [used by Thomas & McDonald, 1987]; Paspalum sp. 1 (Statue Bay) [used by Briggs & Leigh, 1988]; Paspalum batianoffi B.K.Simon, 1992:598


"Sound (but only known from a single spikelet; closest affinity to P. vaginatum, from which it appears to differ in its robust stolons, characters relating to spikelets)"

(Silcock et al., 2019:SM:8)


Conservation Status

Missing (Silcock et al., 2019:SM:8 [as 'Possibly extant']) or Extinct (Albani Rocchetti et al., 2022)

Last record: 8 September 1977 (Simon, 1992:600)


Distribution & Habitat

Statue Bay Beach, Port Curtis district, Central Queensland

Type locality: "Queensland. Port Curtis District: Statue Bay Beach, 6.5km SE of Yeppoon" (Simon, 1992:598)


"Coastal foredune, on beach just above high tide mark, under Casuarina equisetifolia"

(Silcock et al., 2019:SM:8)


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Simon, B. K. (1992). Studies in Australian Grasses 5. New species of and new combinations for Queensland Panicoid grasses. Austrobaileya 3(4): 585-607.


Other references:

Albani Rocchetti, Giulia, Carta, Angelino, Mondoni, Andrea, Godefroid, Sandrine, Davis, Charles C., Caneva, Giulia, Albrecht, Matthew A., Alvarado, Karla, Bijmoer, Roxali, Borosova, Renata, Bräuchler, Christian, Breman, Elinor, Briggs, Marie, Buord, Stephane, Cave, Lynette H., Da Silva, Nílber Gonçalves, Davey, Alexandra H., Davies, Rachael M., Dickie, John B., Fabillo, Melodina, Fleischmann, Andreas, Franks, Andrew, Hall, Geoffrey, Kantvilas, Gintaras, Klak, Cornelia, Liu, Udayangani, Medina, Leopoldo, Reinhammar, Lars Gunnar, Sebola, Ramagwai J., Schönberger, Ines, Sweeney, Patrick, Voglmayr, Hermann, White, Adam, Wieringa, Jan J., Zippel, Elke Zippel and Abeli, Thomas. (2022). Selecting the best candidates for resurrecting extinct-in-the-wild plants from herbaria. Nature Plants 8: 1385-1393. [Supplementary Tables S1-S6]

Briggs, J. D. and Leigh, J. H. (1988). Rare or Threatened Australian Plants, Revised edition. Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service Special Publication No. 14. Canberra: Australian National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Christenhusz, M. and Govaerts, R. (2023). Uitgestorven. Op plantenjacht rond de wereld: 1-511. Sterck & De Vreese.

Clayton, W. D., Harman, K. T. and Williamson, H. (2006). GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora. [Online]. Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens. Available from:

Department of the Environment. (2015). Paspalum batianoffii in Species Profile and Threats Database, Department of the Environment, Canberra. Available from: Accessed Sat, 7 Feb 2015 14:29:26 +1100.

Silcock, Jen L., Field, Ashley R., Walsh, Neville G. and Fensham, Roderick J. (2019). To name those lost: assessing extinction likelihood in the Australian vascular flora. Oryx 54(2): 167-177. [Supplementary Material]

Thomas, M. B. and McDonald, W. J. F. (1987). Rare and threatened plants of Queensland. Brisbane: Queensland Department of Primary Industries.

Woinarski, John C. Z., Braby, M. F., Burbidge, A. A., Coates, D., Garnett, S. T., Fensham, R. J., Legge, S. M., McKenzie, N. L., Silcock, J L. and Murphy, B. P. (2019). Reading the black book: The number, timing, distribution and causes of listed extinctions in Australia. Biological Conservation 239: 108261.


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