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Achnatherum latiglume
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Scientific classification

Stipa latiglumis

Achnatherum latiglume is a species of grass known by the common names wide-glumed needlegrass and Sierra needlegrass.

Its current classification by the Jepson Herbarium is Stipa latiglumis.

The bunchgrass is endemic to montane California, where it grows in the mountain meadows and pine forests of the Sierra Nevada, and in a few areas of the Transverse Ranges to the southwest.


Achnatherum latiglume is a perennial bunchgrass forming tight bunches of erect stems up to 110 centimeters tall. It has hairlike leaves under 3 millimeters wide.

The inflorescence is up to about 30 centimeters long. Each hairy spikelet is just over a centimeter long and sharply pointed, with an awn about 4 centimeters long and kinked twice.

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