Taxon  Report   2743    
Distichlis spicata  (L.) Greene
Inland saltgrass,  Salt grass, Saltgrass
Distichlis spicata
© 2013 Arcangelo Wessells
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Distichlis spicata
© 2016 Andrew Longman
Distichlis spicata
© 2018 Emily Allen
Distichlis spicata, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

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Distichlis spicata
© 2018 Rachelle Gray
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Distichlis
Communities: Coastal Salt Marsh, Creosote Bush Scrub, Alkali Sink, Valley Grassland, wetland-riparian

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

Habitat: coastal, salt-marsh

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Distichlis spicata ssp. stricta
PLANTS: Distichlis spicata var. borealis
PLANTS: Distichlis stricta var. dentata
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More information about  Distichlis spicata
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)

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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 16, 2019).