Stipa pennata

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Stipa pennata
Stipa pennata-fruiting.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Stipa
Species: S. pennata
Binomial name
Stipa pennata
Devínska Kobyla forest-steppe in Slovakia

Stipa pennata, common name European feather grass,[1] or Orphan maidenhair (Hungarian: száraz homoki gyep) is a flowering plant and arid zone sand grass in the grass family Poaceae, which is grown as an ornamental plant for its feathery flowering spikes, common to the Puszta in Hungary and the Devínska Kobyla forest-steppe in Slovakia.[2] Its foliage is green in summer while the flowers are silvery-grey during the same season.[3] It is 60–90 centimetres (24–35 in) high.


  1. ^ "Stipa pennata". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 3 December 2015. 
  2. ^ John S. Wilson (1959), Scouting Round the World. First edition, Blandford Press. p. 164, 167
  3. ^ "Stipa pennata". Retrieved March 31, 2013. 

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