Taxon  Report   5394    
Melica frutescens  Scribn.
Heligrass,  Tall melica, Woody melicgrass
Melica frutescens
© 2014 Keir Morse
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Melica frutescens
© 2011 Shannon Henke
Melica frutescens
© 2014 Keir Morse
Melica frutescens, 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 frutescens
© 2011 Shannon Henke
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Melica
Communities: Creosote Bush Scrub, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Coastal Sage Scrub, Foothill Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

More information about  Melica frutescens
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
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 24, 2019).