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Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene[FNA25, HC, HC2]
alkaline grass, coastal salt grass

Publication: Bulletin of the Californis Academy of Sciences 2. 1887.

Origin: Native

selected vouchers: WTU

Notes: FNA 25: "Distichlis spicata grows in saline soils of the Western Hemisphere and Australia. Numerous infraspecific taxa have been recognized in the past, but none appears to be justified. Recent North American accounts of Distichlis have usually recognized plants from maritime coasts as distinct from those growing inland, supposedly having more congested inflorescences, but the range of variation is similar in the two habitats."


» Beetle, A.A. 1943. The North American variations of Distichlis spicata. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 70:638-650.
Synonyms & Misapplied Names:
Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene ssp. stricta (Torr.) Thorne
Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene var. borealis (J. Presl) Beetle[HC]
Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene var. divaricata Beetle
Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene var. nana Beetle
Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene var. stolonifera Beetle
Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene var. stricta (Torr.) Scribn.
Distichlis stricta (Torr.) Rydb.[HC]
Distichlis stricta (Torr.) Rydb. var. dentata (Rydb.) C.L. Hitchc.[HC]
Distichlis stricta (Torr.) Rydb. var. stricta[HC]
Uniola spicata L.