Taxon  Report   5400 
Melica spectabilis  Scribner
Purple onion grass,  Purple oniongrass
Melica spectabilis
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Melica spectabilis, a monocot, is a perennial grass (rhizomatous) that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
It is included in the CNPS Inventory of Rare and Endangered Plants on list 4.3 (limited distribution).   7th Edition  /  8th Edition

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Melica spectabilis
© 2009 Trent M. Draper
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Melica
Communities:
Red Fir Forest, Yellow Pine Forest, wetland-riparian
Habitat: meadows [CNPS Inventory]
Wetlands:Equally likely to occur in wetlands or non wetlands [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.]
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Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + CNPS + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Bromelica spectabilis
PLANTS: Melica bulbosa var. spectabilis
More information about  Melica spectabilis
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Commercial availability unknown.
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USDA PLANTS Profile (MESP)

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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: http://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Aug 31, 2016).

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