Calflora
Taxon  Report   2931    
Elymus elymoides  (Raf.) Swezey
Bottlebrush squirreltail,  Squirrel tail grass, Squirreltail
Elymus elymoides
© 2010 Keir Morse
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Elymus elymoides
© 1995 Saint Mary's College of California
Elymus elymoides
© 2010 Keir Morse
Elymus elymoides, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Plant Characteristics
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Elymus elymoides
© 2008 Keir Morse
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, Alpine Fell-fields, (many plant communities)

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Sitanion hystrix
More information about  Elymus elymoides
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (ELEL5)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

website references from Google


Suggested Citation
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: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Nov 19, 2018).

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