Common names: common Mediterranean grass; Old han schismus
Schismus barbatus (common 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 arabicus. 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
Plant Assessment Form - Information gathered by Cal-IPC on the impacts, rate of spread, and distribution of invasive plants in California. Does not include management information.
Cal-IPC Newsletter Articles
- Invasive plants research at UC Riverside. Holt, Jodie S.. Vol 13, Issue 2
- Ecology and management of alien annual plants in the California desert. Brooks, Matt; Berry, Kristin. Vol 07, Issue 3
Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations
None for this species.
Other Schismus barbatus Information
- CalFlora - Distribution information based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.