Regularity: Regularly occurring
Global Range: Coast Range, southwestern OR to San Luis Obispo Co., CA.
Comments: Ravines and open moist ground. Canyon and damp places in woods, below 2,500 ft. Redwood forest, Closed-cone Pine forest, Mixed Evergreen forests, etc.
National NatureServe Conservation Status
Rounded National Status Rank: NNR - Unranked
Phalaris californica is an uncommon species of grass known by the common name California canarygrass. It is native to the coastal hills and mountains of southern Oregon and northern and central California, where it grows mainly in moist areas, such as meadows. It is a perennial grass reaching maximum heights between one half and 1.5 meters. The inflorescence is up to 5 centimeters long and 3 wide, roughly oval, pointed at the tip and truncated at the base. The spikelets are hairy and as they ripen they turn shades of magenta to bright pink.
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