Taxon  Report   2158    
Cladium californicum  (S. Watson) O'Neill
California sawgrass,  Saw grass
Cladium californicum
© 2003 Steve Matson
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Cladium californicum
© 2005 Trent M. Draper
Cladium californicum
© 2018 Matt C. Berger
Cladium californicum, a monocot, is a perennial grasslike herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 2B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Cladium californicum
© 2005 Trent M. Draper
Genus: Cladium
Communities: Freshwater Wetlands, Alkali Sink, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: freshwater-marsh

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Cladium mariscus var. californicum
PLANTS: Mariscus californicus
More information about  Cladium californicum
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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 17, 2019).