Stipa L.

Common Name: Needle Grass, Spear Grass, Feather Grass

Family: Poaceae

Published in: Sp. Pl. 1: 78. 1753.

Other: Lectotype: S. pennata L. (Ill. Fl. N. U.S. (Britton & Brown), ed. 2 1: 176. 1913.) Threadlike leaves and thin inflorescences. Dry well-drained soil. Sun. This genus was once defined very broadly and included many diverse species. Taxonomic research now supports a narrower view of Stipa and has resulted in transfers of many species to other general, including Achnatherum, Austrostipa, Hesperostipa, and Nassella. Darke.

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