Taxon  Report   4201 
Holcus lanatus  L.
Common velvetgrass,  Velvet grass, Velvetgrass
Holcus lanatus
© 2008 Keir Morse
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Holcus lanatus
© 2011 Barry Breckling
Holcus lanatus
© 2006 Trent M. Draper
Holcus lanatus, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild.
It is an invasive plant. The California Invasive Plant Council classifies its potential impact on native ecosystems as moderate (plant profile / CalWeedMapper).

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Holcus lanatus
© 2006 Trent M. Draper
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Holcus
escaped cultivar, wetland-riparian
Wetlands:Equally likely to occur in wetlands or non wetlands [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.]
Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Nothoholcus lanatus
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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]. 2016. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Oct 22, 2016).

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