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Schismus barbatus  (L.) Thell.
Common mediterranean grass,   Old han schismus
Schismus barbatus is an annual grasslike herb that is not native to California.
Cal-IPC rating: limited
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Genus: Schismus
Family: Poaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Monocot
Jepson eFlora section: monocot

Habitat: disturbed

Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTSFestuca barbata
PLANTSSchismus calycinus
Information about  Schismus barbatus from other sources

[cal-ips.org] Invasive status: Schismus barbatus (common Mediterranean grass) is an annual grass (family Poaceae) found mostly in disturbed areas and deserts. It is difficult to distinguish from its close relative Schismus arabicus. Both species contribute to the conversion of desert shrubland into annual grassland by carrying fire across open areas, where they ignite and kill native shrubs. (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)

[Wikipedia] Eurasia native, Description: Schismus barbatus is a species of grass known as common Mediterranean grass[1] and kelch-grass.[2] It is native to Eurasia, and it is also known as an introduced species in the southwestern United States. It grows in many habitats, including disturbed areas. It is an annual grass growing in small clumps. The stems grow up to 27 centimeters long and are lined with threadlike leaves. The short inflorescence bears spikelets under a centimeter long. (contributed 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]. 2023. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 11/29/2023).