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Wolf's False Oat
Trisetum wolfii
About Wolf's False Oat (Trisetum wolfii) Nurseries Show All Photos Trisetum wolfii is a species of grass known by the common names Wolf's trisetum and Wolf's false oat. It is native to western North America, including southwestern Canada and the western United States. It occurs in mountain habitat at moderate to high elevations below the tree line, such as spruce, fir, and aspen stands. It is a perennial grass forming clumps of erect stems growing up to about 80 centimeters in maximum height, occasionally reaching one meter. The narrow leaves are mostly located on the lower third of the clumped stems. The inflorescence is a narrow, erect panicle with spikelets green, brownish, or purple in color.
Plant Description
Plant Type

Max. Height
2.6 ft (0.8 m)

Flower Color
Green, Purple, Brown

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
1515' - 12226'

Annual Precip. ?
13.9" - 115.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.29" - 4.01"

Coldest Month ?
20.7° F - 55.5° F

Hottest Month ?
44.2° F - 69.3° F

Humidity ?
0.77 vpd - 14.97 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Wolf's Trisetum

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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