Calflora
Taxon  Report   3418    
Eriophorum gracile  W. D. J. Koch ex Roth
Cottongrass,  Slender cotton grass, Slender cottongrass
Eriophorum gracile
© 2011 Steven Perry
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Eriophorum gracile
© 2003 Steve Matson
Eriophorum gracile
© 2006 Steve Matson
Eriophorum gracile, a monocot, is a perennial grasslike herb that is native to California, is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 4.3 (limited distribution).   8th Edition

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Eriophorum gracile
© 2003 Steve Matson
Family: CYPERACEAE  
Genus: Eriophorum
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Red Fir Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Habitat: meadows

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Eriophorum gracile var. caurianum
More information about  Eriophorum gracile
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on PlantID.net   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (ERGR8)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (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]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Dec 18, 2018).