Taxon  Report   11331    
Anthoxanthum nitens  (Weber) Y. Schouten & Veldkamp  ssp. nitens 
Vanilla grass
Anthoxanthum nitens ssp. nitens
© 2013 Kirsten Bovee
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Anthoxanthum nitens ssp. nitens
© 2008 Zoya Akulova
Anthoxanthum nitens ssp. nitens
© 2014 Zoya Akulova
Anthoxanthum nitens ssp. nitens, a monocot, is a perennial grass (rhizomatous) that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond, (questionable).
also called Hierochloe odorata
California Rare Plant Rank: 2B.3 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA; common elsewhere).   8th Edition

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Anthoxanthum nitens ssp. nitens
© 2006 Louis-M. Landry
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Anthoxanthum
Parent: Anthoxanthum nitens
Communities: Meadows and seeps, wetland-riparian

Habitat: meadows

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS

Alternate Names:
ICPN + CNPS: Hierochloe odorata
ICPN: Hierochloe hirta
More information about  Anthoxanthum nitens ssp. nitens
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

Search (Flora of North America)

website references from Google

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).