Latin name: Stipa occidentalis Thurber ex S. Watson
  var. occidentalis
  Pronunciation: STY-pa ok-si-den-TAY-lis
  Common name: Western needlegrass
  Family: Poaceae (Grass)
  Habitat: Alpine and subalpine coniferous forest,
  yellow pine forest, Transverse and Peninsular Ranges
  Blooming period: June to August
  Click for Latin name derivations: (1) Stipa
  (2) occidentalis 
  Formerly Achnatherum occidentale ssp. occidentale
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