Species Details

Imperata brevifolia

California satintail

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Scientific Name:
Imperata brevifolia Vasey
Common Name:
California satintail
Family: Poaceae
Element Code: PMPOA3D020
USDA Plants Symbol: IMBR2
Synonyms/Other Names:
CA Rare Plant Rank: 2B.1
Fed List: None
State List: None
Global Rank: G4
State Rank:
S3
Other Status: SB_CalBG/RSABG; SB_SBBG; USFS_S
CRPR Changes:
changed from 2.1 to 2B.1 on 2013-06-12
changed from 1B.1 to 2.1 on 2006-12-26
added to 1B.1 on 2006-10-02
Add Date: 2006-12-26
Date Edited: 2022-01-05
Lifeform: perennial rhizomatous herb
Blooming Period: Sep-May
Elevation:
0 - 1215 meters
0 - 3985 feet
General Habitat:
  • Chaparral
  • Coastal scrub
  • Mojavean desert scrub
  • Meadows and seeps (often alkali)
  • Riparian scrub
General Micro Habitat:
Micro Habitat:
  • Mesic
Notes:
Many collections old; need field surveys. Records from BUT, THE, and LAK counties may represent escapes from ornamental plantings. Threatened by development and agriculture. Mistakenly classified as a noxious weed in California from 1960 to 2004. See Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club 13: 26 (1886) for original description.
Threats:
Taxonomy:
Other:
Total Occurrences: 32
Element Occurrence Ranks:
A B C D X U
0 0 0 1 0 31
Occurrence Status:
Historical >20 Years 26
Recent <=20 Years 6
Presence:
Presumed Extant 32
Possibly Extirpated 0
Presumed Extirpated 0
California Endemic:
California Island:
States: Name (Code)
Arizona (AZ), Baja California (BA), California (CA), Nevada (NV), New Mexico (NM)*, Texas (TX), Utah (UT)
California Counties and Islands: Name (Code)
Butte (BUT), Fresno (FRE), Imperial (IMP), Inyo (INY), Kern (KRN), Lake (LAK)*, Los Angeles (LAX), Orange (ORA), Riverside (RIV), San Bernardino (SBD), San Diego (SDG), Tehama (TEH), Tulare (TUL), Ventura (VEN)
Quads: Name (Quad Code)
Azusa (3411728), Blythe NE (3311465), Campbell Mound (3912187), Canada Gobernadora (3311755), Clearlake Highlands (3812286), Clovis (3611976), Condor Peak (3411832), Craig Canyon (3611767), East of Tin Mountain (3611783), Fresno North (3611977)?, Fresno South (3611967), Furnace Creek (3611647), Glendora (3411727)?, Gosford (3511931)?, Harrison Mtn. (3411722), Heber (3211565), Keller Peak (3411721), Malaga (3611966), Matilija (3411943), Monument Peak (3211684), Nevares Peak (3611657), New York Butte (3611768), Oildale (3511941), Palm Springs (3311675), Panamint Butte (3611743), Paradise West (3912176), Piedra (3611974), Redlands (3411712)?, Reedley (3611954), Richardson Springs (3912177), San Bernardino North (3411723), San Jacinto (3311678), Scottys Castle (3711713), Sunland (3411833), Visalia (3611933), Wahtoke (3611964), Wheeler Springs (3411953), Whispering Pines (3812276)*, White Water (3311686), Yucaipa (3411711)
Notes:
Definitions of codes following a county and/or quad:
* Presumed extirpated
(?) Occurrence confirmed, but possibly extirpated
Quad and county data is imported from the CNDDB. Species may be present in other areas where conditions are favorable. These data should NOT be substituted for pre-project review or for on-site surveys.

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Presumed Extant
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