Stipa tenacissima

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Esparto grass
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Stipa
Species: S. tenacissima
Binomial name
Stipa tenacissima
L.
Synonyms

Macrochloa tenacissima (L.) Kunth.

Stipa tenacissima (esparto, esparto grass, halfah grass or needles grass) is a perennial grass of northwestern Africa and the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula.

Distribution[edit]

Stipa tenacissima is an endemic species of the Western Mediterranean countries. It grows in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. Grows over poor soils in dry conditions, forming a steppic grasslands, managed by people since centuries.

Uses[edit]

Main article: Esparto

Stipa tenacissima produces a fiber product called esparto which is used for crafts, such as cords, basketry, and espadrilles as well as for making paper.

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