Taxon  Report   1243    
Calamagrostis ophitidis  (J. T. Howell) Nygren
Serpentine reed grass,  Serpentine reedgrass
Calamagrostis ophitidis
© 1998 Dean Wm. Taylor
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Calamagrostis ophitidis
© 2012 Andrea Williams
Calamagrostis ophitidis
© 2018 Woody Elliott
Calamagrostis ophitidis, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is endemic (limited) to California.
California Rare Plant Rank: 4.3 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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Calamagrostis ophitidis
© 2018 Hunter Breck
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Calamagrostis
Communities: Chaparral, Valley Grassland

Serpentine affinity: 6.1; (strict endemic)

Habitat: meadows

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Calamagrostis purpurascens var. ophitidis
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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 24, 2019).