Melica imperfecta Trin.
Smallflower Melic Grass, Coast Range Melic Grass, Smallflower Melic, Coast Range Melic, Oniongrass
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Melica imperfecta var. flexuosa, Melica imperfecta var. minor, Melica imperfecta var. refracta
USDA Symbol: meim
A dense to loose bunchgrass with bright-green leaves and flowering culms to 4 ft. in height. Spikelets are mostly borne in narrow (sometimes open) panicles and are purplish.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
Native Distribution: C. & s. CA
Native Habitat: Dry, open, often rocky slopes below 4000 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds in fall.
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski
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Web ReferenceWebref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Melica imperfecta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Melica imperfecta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Melica imperfecta
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-01-25
Research By: TWC Staff