Stipa brachychaeta

Stipa brachychaeta_Dean Kelch_CDFA
Photo: 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

CDFA Rating: -*?


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

Weed Management Notes

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Other Stipa brachychaeta Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - Distribution map and records of this species in California.
  • CalWeedMapper - Distribution map of this species in California with ability to determine regional priorities.
  • EDDMapS - Distribution of this species in North America.
  • Jepson Interchange - Information on this plant's taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Information on identification and distribution, with links to websites in individual states.
  • Additional photos

    Stipa brachychaeta_growth habit_copyright2001_CDFA
    Stipa brachychaeta (punagrass) growth habit. Photo: &#169 2001 CDFA
    Stipa brachychaeta_seeds_copyright2001_FredHrusa(CDFA)
    Stipa brachychaeta (punagrass) seeds. Photo: &#169 2001 Fred Hrusa, CDFA
    Stipa brachychaeta_infestation_copyright2001_FredHrusa(CDFA)
    Stipa brachychaeta (punagrass) infestation. Photo: &#169 2001 Fred Hrusa, CDFA