Esparto grass

Stipa tenacissima
True grasses (Poaceae)


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Stipa tenacissima (esparto, esparto grass, halfah grass or needles grass) is a perennial grass of northwestern Africa and the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula.

Distribution

Stipa tenacissima is an endemic species of the Western Mediterranean countries. It grows in Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya. It grows in poor soils and in dry conditions, forming a steppe-like grassland. It has been managed by people for centuries.

Uses

Stipa tenacissima produces a fiber product called esparto which is used for crafts, such as cords, basketry, and espadrilles as well as for making paper.

See also

  • Lygeum spartum, another species of grass also used as esparto

External links

  • Stipa tenacissima spanish information
  • Media related to Stipa tenacissima at Wikimedia Commons
  • Data related to Stipa tenacissima at Wikispecies
  • European influence and tribal society in Tunisia during the nineteenth century: the origins and impact of the trade in esparto grass 1870-1940. (1995) by Gavin McQuarrie, University of Durham, England

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