Polypogon monspeliensis

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Photo: Jutta Burger

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 foot Polypogon, annual beardgrass) is a winter or summer annual grass (family Poaceae), It is native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa, and introduced into other parts of Africa, Australia, various islands, and North and South America.  Plants are variable in height, growing from 5 cm – 1 m. Leaves are finely haired and inflorescences are a dense panicle that resembles a rabbit’s foot. It is widely distributed across California and typically restricted to moist areas where it can form dense stands and outcompete native vegetation.

Cal-IPC Rating: Limited?

CDFA Rating: None?


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Other Polypogon monspeliensis Information

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  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
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  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
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    Polypogon monspeliensis (rabbitsfoot grass) growth habit. Photo: Bob Case
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    Polypogon monspeliensis (rabbitsfoot grass) inflorescences. Photo: &#169 2007 Neal Kramer