Schismus arabicus

Schismus arabicus_Arabian Mediterranean grass_ JM Di Tomaso
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Common names: Mediterranean grass; Arabian schismus

Schismus arabicus (Mediterranean grass) is an annual grass (family Poaceae) found mostly in disturbed areas and deserts. It is difficult to distinguish from its close relative Schismus barbatus. Both species contribute to the conversion of desert shrubland into annual grassland by carrying fire across open areas, where they ignite and kill native shrubs.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited

Cal-IPC Assessment

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Weed RIC Management Notes

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Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

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