Taxon  Report   12054    
Stipa lepida  Hitchc.
Foothill needle grass
Stipa lepida
© 2018 Rachelle Gray
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Stipa lepida
© 2013 Belinda Lo
Stipa lepida
© 2011 Vernon Smith
Stipa lepida, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Stipa lepida
© 2011 Aaron Arthur
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Stipa
Communities: Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Coastal Prairie

Habitat: slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

PLANTS accepted name:
Nassella lepida

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Nassella lepida
More information about  Stipa lepida
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Nov 14, 2018).

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