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Pleuropogon refractus

Pleuropogon refractus (A. Gray) Benth. ex Vasey

Nodding Semaphore Grass, Nodding Semaphoregrass

Poaceae (Grass family)

Synonym(s): Lophochlaena refracta

USDA Symbol: PLRE2

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 5 feet tall.

Bloom Information

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


Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Wet meadows, riverbanks and shady places.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: OBL OBL
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 (

Additional resources

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


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

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