Taxon  Report   6652    
Pleuropogon refractus  (A. Gray) Benth. ex Vasey
Nodding semaphore grass,  Nodding semaphoregrass
Pleuropogon refractus, a monocot, is a perennial grass (rhizomatous) that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.
also called Lophochlaena refracta var. refracta
California Rare Plant Rank: 4.2 (limited distribution).   CNPS Inventory
Observation Search
(116 records)
one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Bloom Period
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Pleuropogon
Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: riparian, meadows

Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Redwood Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, wetland-riparian

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Lophochlaena refracta
CNPS: Lophochlaena refracta var. refracta
More information about  Pleuropogon refractus
Nursery availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Jepson eFlora


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]. 2020. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: May 26, 2020).