Parry's nolina, Parry's beargrass
Common name: Parry's nolina, Parry's beargrass
Latin name: Nolina parryi
Height: Can be more than 4 meters tall
Description: A tall, tree-like plant with large clusters of long thin leaves and a plume-like flower spike/inflorescence that can reach 3 m with hundreds of small white flowers.
Leaf: 65–200 per rosette, 20–40 mm wide just above an expanded base, generally green. Somewhat flexible and not sharply pointed.
Range: High Sierra Nevada (Kern Plateau), e San Bernardino Mountains, Peninsular Ranges, Desert Mountains, Sonoran Desert
Habitat: Dry slopes and ridges, Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, Joshua Tree Woodland.
Elevation: 900–2100 m
Flowering time: May–June
Notes: Some plants can have trunks that are 60 cm in diameter. Nolina parryi was first collected by Dr. C.C. Parry near Mount San Jacinto in California. This specimen was photographed in the Kingston Mountains in California where it is fairly common and easy to spot from a long distance.
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