Based on morphological observations and phytogeographical considerations, two new combinations are provided in Stipa section Smirnovia (Poaceae), a group of taxa mainly distributed in central Asia: Stipa lingua Junge subsp. lipskyi (Roshev.) R. Gonzalo comb. & stat. nov. and Stipa lingua subsp. magnifica (A. Junge) R. Gonzalo comb. & stat. nov. Stipa ovczinnikovii Roshev. is recognized as a taxonomic synonym of S. lingua. A key to the subspecies of S. lingua is provided.
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