Taxon  Report   8368    
Xerophyllum tenax  (Pursh) Nutt.
Common beargrass
Xerophyllum tenax
© 2007 Aaron Schusteff
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Xerophyllum tenax
© 2018 Eliezer Margolis
Xerophyllum tenax
© 2018 Eliezer Margolis
Xerophyllum tenax, a monocot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Xerophyllum tenax
© 2018 Saskia Raether
Genus: Xerophyllum
Communities: Mixed Evergreen Forest, Yellow Pine Forest

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Serpentine affinity: 1.6; (weak indicator)

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Helonias tenax
More information about  Xerophyllum tenax
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
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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 21, 2019).