Jarava ichu, commonly known as Peruvian feathergrass,[2] ichhu, paja brava, paja ichu, or simply ichu (Quechua for straw),[3] is a grass species in the family Poaceae native to the Americas. Is is found growing in a vast area: Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Argentina.[1] It is a common grass of the Andean altiplano. It is used as fodder for livestock.

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]

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. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Stipa ichus". The PLANTS Database (plants.usda.gov). Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. 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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