Celebrating and conserving the ecological richness of California's grasslands

Plants    Forbs                             Grasses                            Grass-like plants

Native grasslands support about 40% of California's total native plant species (Wigand 2007:55).

Native plants support native animals. Fletcher, Rebecca A. Rachel K. Brooks, Vasiliy T. Lakoba, Gourav Sharma, Ariel R. Heminger,  Christopher C. Dickinson, Jacob N. Barney. 2019. Invasive plants negatively impact native, but not exotic, animals. Global Change Biology. First published: 07 August 2019 https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14752

Regional Guides

San Diego County Plant Atlas, San Diego Natural History Museum 

Guide to the Coastal Plants of San Mateo County, by Mel Preston, Point Blue Conservation Science. 

Forbs


Species Spotlight:

Fire Poppy

(Papaver californicum)

by Tatiana Manzanillo,

Grasslands, Summer 2019



Species Spotlight: 

Narrow-leaf Milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis) 

by Emily Allen, Grasslands, Summer 2014


Species Spotlight: 

Dove Weed

(Croton setiger)

by Emily Allen

Grasslands, Winter 2018




Species Spotlight: 

Douglas Iris

(Iris douglasiana)

Grasslands, Winter 2014


Santa Rosa Basalt Brodiaea (Brodiaea santarosae)

A newly described grassland species from the Santa Rosa Plateau: Brodiaea santarosae, The Santa Rosa Basalt Brodiaea,

by Tom Chester, Wayne Armstrong, and Kay Madore, Grasslands, Spring 2009. 

Note: California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   CNPS Inventory

Santa Cruz Tarplant (Holocarpha macradenia)

by Michele Hammond, Grasslands Winter 2020

Photo courtesy of Seleney Sanchez


Douglas' Meadowfoam (Limnanthes douglasii)

by Andrea Williams, Grasslands, Spring 2017



Grasses 

Squirreltail (Elymus elymoides) 

by Kendra Moseley, November 2019





Photo: Sheri Hagwood, hosted by the USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Fescues -Festuca species

Species Spotlight: 

Fescue to the Rescue (Festuca californica, F. idahoensis, F. rubra, F. spp.) 


by Andrea Williams, Grasslands, Winter 2015


Species Spotlight: 

Small Fescue

(Festuca microstachys)

by Andrew Rayburn

Grasslands

Fall 2015


Species Spotlight: 

The sweet green of narrow mannagrass (Glyceria leptostachya),

by Jeffery T. Wilcox.

Grasslands, Fall 2018


Species Spotlight: Deergrass (Muhlenbergia rigens)

by  Mary Fahey, Grasslands, Fall 2012

North Coast Semaphore Grass (Pleuropogon hooverianus)

A rare and threatened North Coast range grass, by Clare Golec, Grasslands, Summer 2009

Note: California Rare Plant Rank: 1B.2 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   CNPS Inventory

Listed by the State of California as Threatened.


Purple Needlegrass (Stipa pulchra)



Article: Grazing Nasella: Maintaining purple needlegrass in a sea of aggressive annuals. George MR, S Larson-Praplan, M Doran, KW Tate. 2013. Rangelands Vol 35. No. 2. (2013). 



Grass-like Plants: Carex, Juncus, Luzula

Species Spotlight: 

Clustered Field Sedge (Carex praegracilis)

by Emily Allen, Grasslands, Spring 2015

Carex Identification

Sedges of Marin County, California - Sedge Identification



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