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. 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:


    • MACARONESIA: Spain [Canary Islands (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. Webster's third new international dictionary. (Websters Dict)
  2. Ali, S. I. & S. M. H. Jafri, eds. Flora of Libya. (F Libya)
  3. Groth, D. 2005. pers. comm. (pers. comm.)
  4. Izquierdo Z., I. et al., eds. Lista de especies silvestres de Canarias: hongos, plantas y animales terrestres. 2004 (L Canarias)
  5. 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.
  6. Rehm, S. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants. 1994 (Dict Rehm)
  7. 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

Cite as: USDA, Agricultural Research Service, National Plant Germplasm System. 2018. Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN-Taxonomy).
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. URL: Accessed 22 April 2018.