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Cinna latifolia

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About Wood Reedgrass (Cinna latifolia) Cinna latifolia is a species of grass known by the common name drooping woodreed. It is native to the Northern Hemisphere, where it has a circumboreal distribution. It grows in moist habitat, such as forest understory and riverbanks. It reaches nearly two meters in maximum height. The flower cluster is an open array of spikelets generally green to purple-tinted in color. It flowers in late summer and fall.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
4.5 - 6.6 ft (1.4 - 2 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
Yellow, Green, Purple

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Streambanks, wet meadows, moist places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
321' - 9105'

Annual Precip. ?
15.7" - 131.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.65" - 4.41"

Coldest Month ?
27.0° F - 49.3° F

Hottest Month ?
50.7° F - 74.2° F

Humidity ?
0.36 vpd - 22.06 vpd

Soil Description
Adaptable, tolerant of sand, loam and clay

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Drooping Woodreed

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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