Publication: Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 1885: 45, t. 1, f. 11-13. 1886.
selected vouchers: WTU
Notes: FNA24: "Melica spectabilis grows in moist meadows, flats, and open woods, from 1200–2600 m, primarily in the Pacific Northwest and the Rocky Mountains. It is often confused with M. bulbosa, differing in its shorter glumes, "tailed" corm, and the more marked and evenly spaced purplish bands of its spikelets."