Taxon  Report   732    
Arundo donax  L.
Giant reed
Arundo donax
© 2008 John Dittes
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Arundo donax
© 2011 Zoya Akulova
Arundo donax
© 2007 Dr. Amadej Trnkoczy
Arundo donax, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: High

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point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations

Bloom Period
Arundo donax
© 2011 Kipp Marzullo
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Arundo
Communities: wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in wetlands, occasionally in non wetlands

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Arundo donax var. versicolor
PLANTS: Arundo versicolor
More information about  Arundo donax
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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Removal (YouTube):  County of San Diego

Global Invasive Species Database:  management information

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 23, 2019).