Polypogon monspeliensis

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Synonyms: Agrostis alopecuroides Lam., Alopecurus aristatus var. monspeliensis (L.) Huds., Alopecurus monspeliensis L., Phleum crinitum Schreb., Phleum monspeliense Koel., Polypogon crinitus (Schreb.) Nutt., Polypogon flavescens J. Presl, Santia monspeliensis (L.) Parl.

Common names: rabbitsfoot grass; annual beardgrass; rabbitfootgrass; tawny beardgrass

Polypogon monspeliensis and subspp. (rabbit footpolypogon, annual beardgrass) is a winter or summer annual grass (family Poaceae) that can form dense stands in some areas of California. It is common in moist to wet areas.

Rating: Limited

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    Symposium Presentations

    • Bauder, E. T. (1996). Exotics in the southern California vernal pool ecosystem. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA.
    • Callaway, J. and J. Zedler (1996). Native and exotic species interactions in southern California salt marsh: Salicornia virginica and Polypogon monspeliensis. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA.
    • Clifford, P., A. J. Pickart, et al. (2005). Invasive annual grasses in a coastal dune ecosystem. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2005. Chico, CA.
    • Devender, T. R. V., R. S. Frlger, et al. (1997). Exotic plants in the Sonoran desert region, Arizona and Sonora. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '97. Concord, CA.
    • Pickart, A. J. and K. S. Wear (1999). The ecology of Parentucellia viscosa in dune wetlands. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '99. Sacramento, CA.

    Cal-IPC News Articles

    • None for this species.