Stipa hymenoides

Rice grass, formerly Achnatherum hymenoides

  • Height:   1 ft - 3 ft
  • Life Cycle:   perennial
  • Growth Type:   grass
  • Flower Size:   minute
  • Inflorescence Size:   > 5 in
  • Flower Type:   grass spikelet
  • Bloom Type:   cool (grasses)
  • Native to California:   YES
  • California Range:   desert - inland - mountain
  • Water Requirements:   low
  • Characteristics / Comments:   soil/dune stabilization
  • Average Live Seed per Bulk Pound:   114,750
  • 2522
  • 2523

Taxon report data from Calflora

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Stipa hymenoides

Common Name:Indian rice grass
a.k.a.: Achnatherum hymenoides

Stipa hymenoides, a angiosperm, is a perennial grass that is native to California.

US Distribution:
Plant Community(s):Creosote Bush Scrub, Bristle-cone Pine Forest, Lodgepole Forest

Name Status:

Recognized as current in TJM2 + PLANTS + JM93

County distribution list:

Alpine, El Dorado, Fresno, Imperial, Inyo, Kings, Kern, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Mono, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Benito, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo

See a detailed Distribution Grid of this plant in Calfornia.

Links: USDA Plants Profile | Jepson Herbarium

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