Taxon  Report   11332 
Anthoxanthum occidentale  (Buckley) Veldkamp
Califonria sweet grass,  Vanilla grass
Anthoxanthum occidentale
© 2010 Chris Wagner
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Anthoxanthum occidentale
© 2010 Chris Wagner
Anthoxanthum occidentale
© BLM,Arcata Field Office
Anthoxanthum occidentale, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Anthoxanthum occidentale
© 2010 Neal Kramer
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Anthoxanthum
Redwood Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Closed-cone Pine Forest
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Name Status:
Accepted by JEF
PLANTS accepted name: Hierochloe occidentalis
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ICPN: Hierochloe occidentalis
More information about  Anthoxanthum occidentale
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images
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Vanilla Grass:  Andrea Williams: Change is Hard

Anthoxanthum:  from the Greek anthos for "flower," and xanthos, "yellow," alluding to the color of the ripened spikelets (contributed by Cynthia Powell)

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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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Jul 16, 2018).

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