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Imperata brevifolia

Imperata brevifolia Vasey

California Satintail

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Imperata hookeri

USDA Symbol: IMBR2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Panicle , Terminal
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: Inflorescence off-white, plume-like, dense silky hair, speckled.

Distribution

USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , TX , UT

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FAC FAC FAC FAC
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Bibliography

Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Imperata brevifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Imperata brevifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Imperata brevifolia

Metadata

Record Modified: 2011-08-17
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