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Melica spectabilis

Melica spectabilis Scribn.

Purple Onion Grass, Purple Oniongrass, Showy Melic Grass

Poaceae (Grass family)

Synonym(s): Bromelica spectabilis, Melica bulbosa var. spectabilis

USDA Symbol: MESP

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Habitat: Moist meadows, flats, and open woods.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: 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.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 32 - Grasses of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico - North America north of Mexico (all countries, provinces, states, territories) (2019) Open Herbarium (openherbarium.org)
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 0000-00-00
Research By: CBR

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