Taxon  Report   5390    
Melica bulbosa  Geyer ex Porter & J.M. Coult.
Big oniongrass
Melica bulbosa
© 2019 Belinda Lo
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Melica bulbosa
© 2009 Trent M. Draper
Melica bulbosa
© 2005 Steve Matson
Melica bulbosa, 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 bulbosa
© 2005 Steve Matson
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Melica
Communities: Red Fir Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Subalpine Forest

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Bromelica bulbosa
PLANTS: Melica bella
PLANTS: Melica bella ssp. intonsa
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More information about  Melica bulbosa
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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 23, 2019).