Stipa brachychaeta

Stipa brachychaeta_Dean Kelch_CDFA
Photo by Dean Kelch

Common names: punagrass

Stipa brachychaeta (punagrass) is a perennial grass (family Poaceae) that can grow to be more than 2 feet tall and is found in the Central Valley and the central and south coast ranges of California. It is native to South America. It favors grasslands, woodlands, and riparian and bottomland habitat. It spreads via seed and vegetatively from creeping roots. Water helps this plant disperse.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

Cal-IPC Assessment

Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Cal-IPC Symposium Presentations

None for this species.

Other Stipa brachychaeta Information

  • CalFlora - Distribution information based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.