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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
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 24-May-2004 by ARS Systematic Botanists.
Accessions: 17 (4 active, 3 available) in National Plant Germplasm System

Autonyms (not in current use), synonyms and invalid designations:

(≡ homotypic synonym, = heterotypic synonym, - autonym, I invalid designation)

Common names:

Economic Importance:

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

Distributional Range:


    • MACARONESIA: Spain [Canarias (Fuerteventura)]
    • NORTHERN AFRICA: Algeria (n.), Libya (n.w.), Morocco (c. & n.), Tunisia

    • SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE: Italy (c. & s.)
    • SOUTHWESTERN EUROPE: Portugal (s.), Spain (incl. Baleares)


  1. Ali, S. I. & S. M. H. Jafri, eds. 1976-. Flora of Libya. Note: = Stipa tenacissima
  2. Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. Note: re. Brazilian common names
  3. Izquierdo Z., I. et al., eds. 2004. Lista de especies silvestres de Canarias: hongos, plantas y animales terrestres
  4. 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. Note: as Stipa tenacissima
  5. Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants Note: = Stipa tenacissima
  6. Vázquez, F. M. & M. E. Barkworth. 2004. Resurrection and emendation of Macrochloa (Gramineae: Stipeae). Bot. J. Linn. Soc. 144:483-495.
  7. 1961. Webster's third new international dictionary. Note: = Stipa tenacissima

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

  • World Grass Species-Descriptions: Morphological species description from Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Databas of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops
  • ePIC: Electronic Plant Information Centre of Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • AGRICOLA: Article Citation Database or NAL Catalog of USDA's National Agricultural Library
  • Entrez: NCBI's search engine for PubMed citations, GenBank sequences, etc.
  • PubAg: USDA's National Agricultural Library database of full-text journal articles and citations on the agricultural sciences.


  • Florets: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2020. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomydetail.aspx?id=446538. Accessed 22 February 2020.