Melica spectabilis

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Melica spectabilis
Melica spectabilis.jpg

Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Melica
Species: M. spectabilis
Binomial name
Melica spectabilis
Scribn.

Melica spectabilis is a species of grass known by the common names purple oniongrass and showy oniongrass.

Distribution[edit]

It is native to western North America from British Columbia to northern California to the Rocky Mountains, where it grows in moist meadows, forests, and other mountainous habitat.

Description[edit]

Melica spectabilis is a perennial grass which varies in maximum height from under 10 centimetres (3.9 in) to nearly a meter, growing from rhizomes and stalked, onionlike corms. The inflorescence is a narrow series of spikelets which are green with evenly spaced purple bands.

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