Taxon  Report   6652    
Pleuropogon refractus  (A. Gray) Benth. ex Vasey
Nodding semaphore grass,  Nodding semaphoregrass
Pleuropogon refractus
© 2005 Doreen L. Smith
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Pleuropogon refractus
© 2004 Dean Wm. Taylor
Pleuropogon refractus
© 2014 Sierra Pacific Industries
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
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 4.2 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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Pleuropogon refractus
© 2012 Asa Spade
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Pleuropogon
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Redwood Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: riparian, meadows

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Lophochlaena refracta
CNPS: Lophochlaena refracta var. refracta
More information about  Pleuropogon refractus
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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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 20, 2019).