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Anatherostipa venusta (Phil.) Peñailillo

Place of Publication

Gayana, Bot. 53(2): 279 (1996)

Type citation

Based on Stipa venusta Phil. "Chile, Tarapacá, de Socaire allata, Feb 1885, F. Philippi."



  • Peñailillo (1996)

    Peñailillo, P. 1996. Anatherostipa, a new genus of Poaceae (Stipeae). Gayana. Botánica 53(2): 277-284

  • Finot et al. (2017)

    Finot, V.L. , Marticorena, A. , Rodríguez, R. , Muñoz, R.G. and , 2017. Systematic Diversity of the Family Poaceae (Gramineae) in Chile, In: Grillo, O. (ed.) The Dynamical Processes of Biodiversity - case studies of evolution and spatial distribution (pp 71-108) Intech. Available from:


Tarapacá, Antofagasta and Arica y Parinacota


Desert and Andean desert

Distribution and habitat

This species has a northern distribution in Chile from the Region of Arica to Region Antofagasta, from 3400 to 5000 m above sea level. It forms dense cushions in arid sandy soils (Finot, 2017).


Flowering from September to May.

Key characteristics

This species is closely related to Anatherostipa boomanii which also has a similar distribution in Chile. It differs by its glabrous floret which has no hairs in A boomanii (Finot, 2017)