Taxon: Macrochloa tenacissima (Loefl. ex L.) Kunth

Genus: Macrochloa
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
  Subfamily: Pooideae
      Tribe: Stipeae
Nomen number: 446538
Place of publication: Révis. gramin. 1:59. 1829
Name Verified on: 24-May-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 13-Mar-2017
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 4 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Materials: fiber (for papermaking, ropes, etc. fide Pl Book, as Stipa tenacissima; F Libya, as Stipa tenacissima)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Spain - Canary Islands
    • Northern Africa: Algeria; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
  • Europe

    • Southeastern Europe: Italy
    • Southwestern Europe: Portugal; Spain


  • Webster's third new international dictionary. 1961 (Websters Dict)
  • Ali, S. I. & S. M. H. Jafri, eds. Flora of Libya. 1976- (F Libya)
  • Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  • Izquierdo Z., I. et al., eds. Lista de especies silvestres de Canarias: hongos, plantas y animales terrestres. 2004 (L Canarias)
  • Marrakchi, Z. et al. 2011. Pulping and papermaking properties of Tunisian Alfa stems (Stipa tenacissima) - Effects of refining process Industr. Crops Prod. 34:1572-1582.
  • Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  • Vázquez, F. M. & M. E. Barkworth 2004. Resurrection and emendation of Macrochloa (Gramineae: Stipeae) Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 144:483-495.


Check other web resources for Macrochloa tenacissima (Loefl. ex L.) Kunth :


  • Florets: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image