Taxon  Report   6652 
Pleuropogon refractus  (A. Gray) Benth. ex Vasey
Nodding semaphore grass,  Nodding semaphoregrass
Pleuropogon refractus
© 2012 Asa Spade
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Pleuropogon refractus
© 2004 Dean Wm. Taylor
Pleuropogon refractus
© 2014 Sierra Pacific Industries
Pleuropogon refractus, a monocot, is a perennial grass (rhizomatous) that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
also called Lophochlaena refracta var. refracta
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 4.2 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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Pleuropogon refractus
© 2005 Doreen L. Smith
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Pleuropogon
Yellow Pine Forest, Redwood Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, wetland-riparian
Habitat: riparian, meadows
Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands
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Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Lophochlaena refracta
CNPS: Lophochlaena refracta var. refracta
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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 21, 2018).

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