Taxon  Report   5389    
Melica aristata  Thurb. ex Bol.
Awned melic,  Bearded melicgrass
Melica aristata
© 2011 Steve Matson
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Melica aristata
© 2011 Steve Matson
Melica aristata
© 2011 Steve Matson
Melica aristata, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Melica aristata
© 2011 Steve Matson
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Melica
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

More information about  Melica aristata
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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 19, 2019).