Jarava ichu
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Pooideae
Genus: Jarava
J. ichu
Binomial name
Jarava ichu

Stipa ichu (Ruiz & Pav.) Kunth[1]

Jarava ichu, commonly known as Peruvian feathergrass,[2] ichhu, paja brava, paja ichu, or simply ichu (Quechua for straw),[3] is a grass endemic to Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Argentina,[1] growing extensively in the Andean altiplano. It is used as fodder for livestock, principally South American camelids like the llama.

Under the synonym Stipa ichu, it has won the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Jarava ichu". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 2011-06-27.
  2. ^ "Stipa ichus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Perou.org". www.perou.org. Retrieved 2019-08-05.
  4. ^ "Stipa ichu". www.rhs.org. Royal Horticultural Society. Retrieved 5 March 2021.

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