Taxon  Report   1243 
Calamagrostis ophitidis  (J. T. Howell) Nygren
Serpentine reed grass,  Serpentine reedgrass
Calamagrostis ophitidis
© 2012 Aaron Arthur
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Calamagrostis ophitidis
© 2003 Doreen L. Smith
Calamagrostis ophitidis
© 2009 Neal Kramer
Calamagrostis ophitidis, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California and is endemic (limited) to California.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 4.3 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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Calamagrostis ophitidis
© 1998 Dean Wm. Taylor
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Calamagrostis
Chaparral, Valley Grassland
Habitat: meadows
AFFINITY to serpentine soil:   6.1 (strict endemic)   [Safford et al 2005]
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PLANTS: Calamagrostis purpurascens var. ophitidis
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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: May 26, 2018).

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