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Alopecurus pratensis  L.
Meadow foxtail
Alopecurus pratensis is a perennial grasslike herb that is not native to California.
There is a high risk of this plant becoming invasive in California according to Cal-IPC.
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Observation Search
~175 records in California
redone or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle
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Genus: Alopecurus
Family: Poaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Wetlands:
Arid West: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands
Mountains, Valleys and Coast: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Communities: wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Alopecurus pratensis from other sources

[Cal-IPC] Invasive: Alopecurus pratensis (meadow foxtail) is a perennial grass (family Poaceae) that can grow to be more than 3 feet high and is found in the coastal ranges, desert ranges and northern and southern ranges of California. It is native to Eurasia. It grows in grasslands, wetlands and meadows. It spreads via seeds and rhizomes through agricultural activities. Cal-IPC Rating: Watch (link added by Mary Ann Machi)

[Wikipedia] Europe, Asia native, Habitat: Alopecurus pratensis, known as the meadow foxtail[1] or the field meadow foxtail, is a perennial grass belonging to the grass family (Poaceae). It is native to Europe and Asia. This common plant is found on grasslands, especially on neutral soils. It is found on moist, fertile soils, but avoids waterlogged, light or dry soils. The species forms dense swards leading to low botanical diversity. This species is widely cultivated for pasture and hay, and has become naturalised in many areas outside its native range, including Australia and North America. (link added by Mary Ann Machi)


Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 07/22/2024).