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Achnatherum speciosum (Trin. & Rupr.) Barkworth

Desert needlegrass

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassCommelinidaeDayflowers and spiderworts, and several others
OrderCyperalesFlowering plants including grasses
FamilyPoaceaeGrasses (but not sedges or rushes)
GenusAchnatherumAwned scale or awn-scaled, from Greek achne, “chaff, glume,” and ather, “stalk, barb” alluding to the lemma

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Stipa speciosa Trin. & Rupr.


Achnatherum speciosum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Achnatherum speciosum (desert needlegrass)

5/4/2018 · Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree National Park, Cali­fornia ID is uncertain


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