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Betty Young
Nurseries Sr Manager
Bldg 201, Fort Mason
San Francisco, California 94123

Family Scientific Name: Poaceae
Family Common Name: Grass Family
Scientific Name: Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene
Common Name: Seashore Saltgrass
Species Code: DISSPI
Ecotype: Marin County, California
General Distribution: D. spicata is found in coastall salt marsh from Orange County, California to Oregon, and on Catalina and Santa Cruz islands.
Propagation Goal: Plants
Propagation Method: Seed
Product Type: Container (plug)
Stock Type: Treeband #5
Target Specifications: Height: N/A
Caliper: N/A
Root System: Firm plug in container.
Propagule Collection: Seeds are collected between September 11 th and November 4th.
Mature inflorescences are panicles 2 to 8 cm long.
Seed is 2 mm long and brownish grey in color at maturity.
Propagule Processing: Seed Cleaning: Seeds are rubbed over Sieve #18 to clean from chaff.
Storage Conditions: Seeds are kept dry and stored in a refrigerator.
Pre-Planting Treatments: Seeds are soaked for 24 hours in water.
Growing Area Preparation/
Annual Practices for Perennial Crops:

Fully Controlled Greenhouse.
Sowing Method: Transplanting Germinants.
Seeds are sown in flats containing Sunshine Mix #4 Aggregate Plus (peat moss, perlite, major and minor nutrients, gypsum, and dolomitic lime).
Seeds are surface sown.
Flats are watered in with an automatic irrigation system.
Seeds are sown on June 1st.
% Germination: N/A
Establishment Phase: Seedlings are transplanted after germination to individual containers 5 inch (TreeBands) containing standard potting mix of peat moss, fir bark, perlite, and sand.
References: A California Flora and Supplement, Munz, P., University of California Press, Berkeley and London, 1973.

Young, Betty 2001. Propagation protocol for production of container Distichlis spicata (L.) Greene plants (Treeband #5); , San Francisco, California. In: Native Plant Network. URL: http://www.nativeplantnetwork.org (accessed 1 September 2015). Moscow (ID): University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources, Forest Research Nursery.