Taxon  Report   5394 
Melica frutescens  Scribn.
Heligrass,  Tall melica, Woody melicgrass
Melica frutescens
© 2011 Shannon Henke
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Melica frutescens
© 2011 Shannon Henke
Melica frutescens
© 2014 Keir Morse
Melica frutescens, 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 frutescens
© 2014 Keir Morse
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Melica
Creosote Bush Scrub, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub, Foothill Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
More information about  Melica frutescens
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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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: Jun 24, 2018).

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