Taxon  Report   2688    
Deschampsia cespitosa  (L.) Beauv.
California hairgrass,  Tufted hair grass, Tufted hairgrass
Deschampsia cespitosa
© 2011 Margo Bors
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Deschampsia cespitosa
© 2012 Jake Ruygt
Deschampsia cespitosa
© 2012 Vernon Smith
Deschampsia cespitosa, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Deschampsia cespitosa
© 2008 Keir Morse
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest, Alpine Fell-fields, Coastal Salt Marsh, Coastal Prairie, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Freshwater Wetlands, Northern Coastal Scrub, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Habitat: meadows, coastal, salt-marsh, freshwater-marsh

Name Status:
Accepted by ICPN + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Deschampsia sukatschewii
PLANTS: Deschampsia cespitosa var. intercotidalis
PLANTS: Deschampsia cespitosa var. glauca
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More information about  Deschampsia cespitosa
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


Search the International Plants Names Index

Search (Flora of North America)

website references from Google

California's Coastal Prairies:  Grasses. Sonoma State University (contributed by Ralph Gibson)

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).