Taxon  Report   8368 
Xerophyllum tenax  (Pursh) Nutt.
Common beargrass
Xerophyllum tenax
© 2018 Eliezer Margolis
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Xerophyllum tenax
© 2018 Eliezer Margolis
Xerophyllum tenax
© 2017 David popp
Xerophyllum tenax, a monocot, is a perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Xerophyllum tenax
© 2007 Aaron Schusteff
Genus: Xerophyllum
Mixed Evergreen Forest, Yellow Pine Forest
Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands
AFFINITY to serpentine soil:   1.6 (weak indicator)   [Safford et al 2005]
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Accepted by JEF + PLANTS + JM93
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PLANTS: Helonias tenax
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This plant is available commercially.
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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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