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.


  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.

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