Calflora
Taxon  Report   5401    
Melica stricta  Bol.
Nodding melica,  Rock melicgrass
Melica stricta
© 2005 Aaron Schusteff
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Melica stricta, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Melica stricta
© 2004 Steve Matson
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Melica
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Sagebrush Scrub, Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Northern Juniper Woodland, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Bristle-cone Pine Forest
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Melica stricta var. albicaulis
ICPN: Melica stricta var. stricta
More information about  Melica stricta
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 (MEST)

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 18, 2018).

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