Stipa miliacea var. miliacea
Synonyms: Piptatherum miliaceum; Agrostis miliacea L., Oryzopsis miliacea
Common names: smilo grass; bamboo grass; milo; ricegrass; rice millet; millet mountain-rice; San Diego grass
Stipa miliacea var. miliacea (smilograss) is a tufted perennial grass (family Poaceae) that thrives in dry or moist sites in disturbed areas, along roadsides and ditches. It can be found scattered along California’s coast and central valley and appears to be increasing in riparian areas and canyons, especially in southern California.Rating: Limited
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