Calflora
Taxon  Report   5952    
Orcuttia californica  Vasey
California orcutt grass
Orcuttia californica
© 2005 Jasmine J. Watts
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Orcuttia californica
© 2005 Russell Huddleston
Orcuttia californica
© 2013 Anuja Parikh and Nathan Gale
Orcuttia californica, a monocot, is an annual grass that is native to California, Baja California.
also called Orcuttia californica var. californica
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 1B.1 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   8th Edition

It is listed by the State of California as Endangered and by the Federal Government as 'Endangered '.

Interactive Distribution Map


Observation Hotline
(observation details + photos)



point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations



Bloom Period
Orcuttia californica
© 2013 Anna Bennett
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Orcuttia
Communities: Valley Grassland, Freshwater Wetlands, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: vernal-pools

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
CNPS: Orcuttia californica var. californica
More information about  Orcuttia californica
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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 (ORCA)

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 16, 2018).

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