Taxon: Nassella pulchra (Hitchc.) Barkworth

Genus: Nassella
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Pooideae
Tribe: Stipeae
Nomen number: 402091
Place of publication: Taxon 39:611. 1990
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 14-Apr-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 17-Feb-2012
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 10 in National Plant Germplasm System (GoogleMap)

Common names:

  • purple needlegrass  (Source: Grass US) - English
  • flechilha  (Source: pers. comm.) - Portuguese (Brazil)

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: revegetator (fide NRCS Cons Pl Mat 1999)
  • Animal food: forage (fide Grass US, as Stipa pulchra)

Distributional Range:


  • Northern America

    • Northern Mexico: Mexico Baja Norte
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States California


  • Barkworth, M. E. 1990. Nassella (Gramineae, Stipeae): revised interpretation and nomenclatural changes (Taxon) 39:597-614.
  • Barkworth, M. E. & A. M. Torres 2001. Distribution and diagnostic characters of Nassella (Poaceae: Stipeae) (Taxon) 50:458.
  • Englert, J. M. et al. USDA-NRCS Improved conservation plant materials released by NRCS and cooperators. 1999- (NRCS Cons Pl Mat)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Hickman, J. C., ed. The Jepson manual: higher plants of California. 1993 (F CalifJep)
  • Hitchcock, A. S. Manual of the grasses of the United States, ed. 2. 1950 (Grass US)
  • Reyna, J. V. & M. E. Barkworth 1994. El genero Nassella (Poaceae: Stipeae) en Mexico Acta Bot. Mex. 26:73.


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