Taxon  Report   5390 
Melica bulbosa  Geyer
Big oniongrass
Melica bulbosa
© 2005 Steve Matson
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Melica bulbosa
© 2009 Trent M. Draper
Melica bulbosa, 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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Melica bulbosa
© 2009 Trent M. Draper
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Melica
Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest
Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
Name Status:
Accepted by TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93
Alternate Names:
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PLANTS: Bromelica bulbosa
PLANTS: Melica bella ssp. intonsa
PLANTS: Melica bella
PLANTS: Melica bulbosa var. inflata
PLANTS: Melica bulbosa var. intonsa
PLANTS: Melica inflata
More information about  Melica bulbosa
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on CalPhotos / Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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: Feb 18, 2018).

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