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Taxon: Agropyron cristatum (L.) Gaertn.

Genus: Agropyron
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Pooideae tribe: Triticeae
Nomen number: 102774
Place of publication: Novi Comment. Acad. Sci. Imp. Petrop. 14(1):540. 1770
Name verified on: 20-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 20-Nov-2007
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 429 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

See also subordinate taxa:

Common names:

  • crested wheatgrass   (Source: Weed CIBA ) – English
  • desert wheatgrass   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • fairway crested wheatgrass   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • fairway wheatgrass   (Source: Weed CIBA ) – English
  • bing cao   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • agropyre à crête   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • agropyron accrêté   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • chiendent à crête   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Kammquecke   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • agropiro crestato   (Source: Mult Glossary Crops ) – Italian
  • žitnâk grebenčatyj   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Transliterated Russian
  • agropiro   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • agropiro crestado   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • kamvete   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control   (fide Grass VarUSA)
  • Environmental: lawn/turf   (fide Intermt F)
  • Animal food: fodder   (fide Grass VarUSA)
  • Animal food: forage   (fide Grass VarUSA)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of wheat   (based on hybrid formation with Triticum aestivum by embryo rescue fide Theor Appl Genet 81:315. 1991)

Distributional range:

    Northern Africa: Morocco
    Western Asia: Iran; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Altay, Buryatia, Chita, Gorno-Altay, Irkutsk, Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk, Kurgan, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tuva
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
    Mongolia: Mongolia
    Russian Far East: Russian Federation - Amur, Primorye
    China: China - Gansu, Hebei, Heilongjiang, Nei Monggol, Ningxia, Qinghai, Xinjiang
    Middle Europe: Austria; Hungary; Slovakia
    East Europe: Belarus; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Italy; Macedonia; Romania; Serbia
    Southwestern Europe: Spain

    Middle Europe: Czech Republic
  • naturalized elsewhere in temperate regions

    Siberia: Russian Federation - Eastern Siberia, Western Siberia
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan
    Canada [w.]
    United States [c. & w.]
    Western South America: Peru
    Southern South America: Chile




Check other web resources for Agropyron cristatum (L.) Gaertn.:


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  • Google Images Images Note: Be advised that their identity may be inaccurate. Proper identification of a plant may require specialized taxonomic knowledge or comparison with properly documented herbarium material.

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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
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