Taxon  Report   12042    
Stipa cernua  Stebbins & Love
Nodding needle grass
Stipa cernua
© 2013 Christopher Bronny
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Stipa cernua
© 2013 Christopher Bronny
Stipa cernua, a monocot, is a perennial grass that is native to California, is endemic (limited) to California.

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Plant Characteristics
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Stipa cernua
© 2011 CNPS, San Luis Obispo Chapter
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Stipa
Communities: Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub

Habitat: slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF

PLANTS accepted name:
Nassella cernua

Alternate Names:
ICPN: Nassella cernua
More information about  Stipa cernua
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


Search (Flora of North America)

website references from Google

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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 17, 2019).