Taxon  Report   2929    
Elymus californicus  (Bol. ex Thurb.) Gould
California bottle brush grass,  California bottle grass, California bottlebrush grass
Elymus californicus
© 2002 Brad Kelley
Photos from
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Elymus californicus
© 2008 Neal Kramer
Elymus californicus
© 2002 Brad Kelley
Elymus californicus, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is endemic (limited) to California.
also called Hystrix californica
California Rare Plant Rank: 4.3 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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Observation Hotline
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point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations

Bloom Period
Elymus californicus
© 2018 Brian Charles
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Elymus
Communities: North Coastal Coniferous Forest, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Redwood Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Foothill Woodland

Habitat: riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Leymus californicus
ICPN + CNPS + PLANTS: Hystrix californica
More information about  Elymus californicus
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


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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 23, 2019).