Taxon  Report   6419    
Phalaris californica  Hook. & Arn.
California canarygrass,  Canarygrass
Phalaris californica
© 2010 Robert Steers/NPS
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Phalaris californica
© 2010 Zoya Akulova
Phalaris californica
© 2009 Zoya Akulova
Phalaris californica, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is found only slightly beyond California borders.

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Phalaris californica
© 2018 Brian Charles
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Phalaris
Communities: Redwood Forest, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Equally likely to occur in wetlands and non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Phalaris amethystina
More information about  Phalaris californica
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

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 19, 2019).