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Uses

Edible uses

There are no edible uses listed for Stipa tenacissima.

Material uses

A fibre from the leaves and stems is used in making paper, mats, ropes etc[1][2][3][4][5]. It is very strong[6] and is particularly used in making high quality paper[5]. The leaves and stems are harvested in the summer, cut into usable pieces and soaked in clear water for 24 hours[7]. They are then cooked in lye for 2 hours and beaten in a bell mill. The plant is a source of a vegetable wax[2]. No further details.

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Stipa tenacissima.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow March in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks, but make sure that the compost does not dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. The seed can also be sown outdoors in April. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

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Cultivation

Easily grown in an ordinary well-drained garden soil in full sun[6][8]. Succeeds in dry soils. Plants are fairly wind resistant[K].

This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[8].

The leaves of wild plants are often harvested and exported for their use in paper making[1].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Stipa tenacissima.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Stipa tenacissima
Genus
Stipa
Family
Gramineae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
8
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Strong wind
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
?
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
1 x meters
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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References

  1. ? 1.01.11.2 Uphof. J. C. Th. Dictionary of Economic Plants. Weinheim (1959-00-00)
  2. ? 2.02.12.2 Schery. R. W. Plants for Man. ()
  3. ? 3.03.1 Usher. G. A Dictionary of Plants Used by Man. Constable ISBN 0094579202 (1974-00-00)
  4. ? 4.04.1 Haywood. V. H. Flowering Plants of the World. Oxford University Press ISBN 0-19-217674-9 ()
  5. ? 5.05.15.2 Hill. A. F. Economic Botany. The Maple Press (1952-00-00)
  6. ? 6.06.16.2 F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956 Oxford University Press (1951-00-00)
  7. ? 7.07.1 Bell. L. A. Plant Fibres for Papermaking. Liliaceae Press (1988-00-00)
  8. ? 8.08.18.2 Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  9. ? ? Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press (1964-00-00)

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