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Taxon: Arrhenatherum elatius (L.) P. Beauv. ex J. Presl & C. Presl

Genus: Arrhenatherum
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Pooideae tribe: Poeae subtribe: Aveninae
Nomen number: 103453
Place of publication: Fl. čech. 17. 1819
Name verified on: 06-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 17-Dec-2012
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 154 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:

  • bulbous oatgrass   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • false oat grass   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • false oat grass   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. elatius]
  • French-rye   (Source: Dict Gard ) – English   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. elatius]
  • meadow oat grass   (Source: Websters Dict ) – English   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. elatius]
  • onion couch   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • onion twitch   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • onion-root twitch   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • tall oat grass   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. elatius]
  • tuber oat grass   (Source: Hortus 3 [as A. elatius var. bulbosum]) – English   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. bulbosum]
  • yan mai cao   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • avoine élevée   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. elatius]
  • fromental   (Source: F Iraq ) – French   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. elatius]
  • französisches Raygras   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. elatius]
  • Glatthafer   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. elatius]
  • avena altissima   (Source: Mult Glossary Crops ) – Italian
  • ō-kani-tsuri   (Source: F JapanOhwi ) – Japanese Rōmaji
  • aveia-de-rosário   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. elatius]
  • aveia-grande   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. elatius]
  • mazorilla   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. elatius]
  • pärlhavre   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish   [Arrhenatherum elatius subsp. bulbosum]

Economic importance:


Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Spain - Canary Islands
    Northern Africa: Algeria; Morocco
    Western Asia: Cyprus; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Western Siberia [s.]
    Middle Asia: Turkmenistan [s.]
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; Iceland; Ireland; Norway; Sweden; United Kingdom
    Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    East Europe: Belarus; Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania; Moldova; Russian Federation - European part; Ukraine [incl. Krym]
    Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain [incl. Baleares]

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Southern Africa: South Africa - KwaZulu-Natal
    Western Indian Ocean: Mauritius; Reunion
    Indian Subcontinent: India
    Australia: Australia
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    United States [w.]
    North-Central Pacific: United States - Hawaii
    Mesoamerica: Central America
    South America

    United States [n.e.]




Check other web resources for Arrhenatherum elatius (L.) P. Beauv. ex J. Presl & C. Presl:


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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.
URL: (06 October 2015)

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