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Useful Temperate Plants

Pappostipa speciosa

(Trin. & Rupr.) Romasch.

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Achnatherum speciosum (Trin. & Rupr.) Barkworth

Achnatherum speciosum Bubani

Jarava speciosa (Trin. & Rupr.) PeƱail.

Stipa humilis jonesiana Kuntze

Stipa humilis speciosa (Trin. & Rupr.) Kuntze

Stipa speciosa Trin. & Rupr.

Stipa tehuelches Speg.

Common Name: Desert Needlegrass

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General Information

Pappostipa speciosa is a perennial, clump-forming grass producing numerous culms around 25 - 90cm long[
236
Title
Manual of the Grasses of the United States
Publication
 
Author
Hitchcock. A. S.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1971
ISBN
0-486-22717-0
Description
A nice and comprehensive flora, though a bit dated. Good line drawings of each plant, plus a brief idea of the habitat and a few notes on plant uses. Not for the casual reader.
].
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

236
Title
Manual of the Grasses of the United States
Publication
 
Author
Hitchcock. A. S.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1971
ISBN
0-486-22717-0
Description
A nice and comprehensive flora, though a bit dated. Good line drawings of each plant, plus a brief idea of the habitat and a few notes on plant uses. Not for the casual reader.

Range

Southwest N. America - Oregon to Colorado, south to northwest Mexico and New Mexico; S. America - Chile, Argentina

Habitat

Deserts, canyons and rocky hills[
236
Title
Manual of the Grasses of the United States
Publication
 
Author
Hitchcock. A. S.
Publisher
Dover Publications. New York.
Year
1971
ISBN
0-486-22717-0
Description
A nice and comprehensive flora, though a bit dated. Good line drawings of each plant, plus a brief idea of the habitat and a few notes on plant uses. Not for the casual reader.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitPerennial
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Pappostipa speciosa is a plant of drier areas ,usually found in Mediterranean climates with mild winters and warm to hot summers. It grows in the cool season and flowers in the spring. It can tolerate arid areas, and is usually found there the mean annual rainfall is within the range 150 - 500mm[
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Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].
The plant requires a sunny position in a well-drained soil. It typically grows on coarse soils with little or no profile development, including alluvial fans, dry rocky hills, talus slopes, and in canyons[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].
Seed production is highly variable depending on rainfall, and little seed is produced when soil moisture is low and temperatures are high[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].

Edible Uses

Seed - cooked[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].The seed can either be ground into a grain or cooked whole. When boiled, the seed swells up in the same way as rice, and it is said that a cupful is sufficient to fill a pot[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
]. The seed is small and fiddly, but able to be harvested in quantity. Traditionally, the stems are harvested in the summer when the seed is ripe. The stems are either placed on rocks and dried for half a day then burned in order to remove the seed, or they are dried for two days and then threshed. The seed can then be winnowed to remove the chaff[
257
Title
Native American Ethnobotany
Publication
 
Author
Moerman. D.
Publisher
Timber Press. Oregon.
Year
1998
ISBN
0-88192-453-9
Description
Very comprehensive but terse guide to the native uses of plants. Excellent bibliography, fully referenced to each plant, giving a pathway to further information. Not for the casual reader.
].

Medicinal

None known

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant is not very tolerant of being walked on, but it can be used for can be used for ground cover in arid areas where there is only light disturbance, its roots helping to bind the soil and prevent erosion[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe.
Division of the clump.
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