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Stipa parishii

Stipa parishii, USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Cladus: Commelinids
Ordo: Poales

Familia: Poaceae
Subfamilia: Pooideae
Tribus: Stipeae
Genus: Stipa
Genus: Stipa parishii

Stipa parishii Vasey, Bot. Gaz. 7: 33 (1882)

Stipa coronata var. parishii (Vasey) Hitchc., Contr. U. S. Natl. Herb. 24: 227 (1925).
Achnatherum parishii (Vasey) Barkworth, Phytologia 74: 11 (1993).


Vasey, G.S. (1882) Botanical Gazette, 7(3): 33.
Clayton, W.D., Harman, K.T. & Williamson, H. (2006) World Grass Species - Synonymy database. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Available for download as an Access file from Synonymy database.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2013. Stipa parishii in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published online. Accessed: 2013 Sept. 13. Reference page. 2013. Stipa parishii. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published online. Accessed: 13 Sept. 2013.
International Plant Names Index. 2013. Stipa parishii. Published online. Accessed: 13. Sept. 2013.

Stipa parishii, formerly classified as Achnatherum parishii, is a species of grass known by the common name Parish's needlegrass.[1] The Jepson Manual 2nd edition (2012) reclassified the plant as Stipa parishii var. parishii.[2][3]


The bunchgrass is native to western North America from southern California and Baja California, through Arizona and Nevada, to Utah, where it grows in many types of habitat, especially chaparral and other dry habitats. It is found from 900–2,700 metres (3,000–8,900 ft) in elevation. Locations include the Peninsular Ranges, Mojave Desert sky islands, southern Sierra Nevada and High Sierra, Inyo Mountains, White Mountains, and Great Basin Desert mountains.

Stipa parishii is a perennial bunch grass which forms tight tufts of erect stems up to about 80 centimeters tall.

The inflorescence is up to 15 centimeters long and packed with densely hairy spikelets. Each spikelet has an awn up to about 3.5 centimeters long. It has a single kink in it, whereas the awns of many other Stipa species have two kinks.
See also

Bunchgrasses of North America
Native grasses of California


CalFlora Database: Stipa parishii . accessed 8.2.2013
Jepson eFlora: Stipa parishii var. parishii . accessed 8.2.2013
CalFlora Database: Stipa parishii var. parishii . accessed 8.2.2013

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