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Taxon: Aegilops speltoides Tausch

Genus: Aegilops section: Sitopsis
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Pooideae tribe: Triticeae
Nomen number: 1547
Place of publication: Flora 20:108. 1837
Name verified on: 20-Nov-1996 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 08-Oct-2008
Species priority site is: National Small Grains Collection (NSGC).
Accessions: 102 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:

  • himri   (Source: Pap AU Wagen ) – Transliterated Kurdish   [Aegilops speltoides var. speltoides]
  • nimri   (Source: Pap AU Wagen ) – Transliterated Kurdish   [Aegilops speltoides var. speltoides]
  • tandat bockvete   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Animal food: forage   (fide Wild Wheat 24-26. 1987, as Triticum speltoides; F Iraq 9:188. 1968)
  • Gene sources: disease resistance for wheat   (to leaf and stem rust fide Wild Wheat)
  • Gene sources: pest resistance for wheat   (fide Euphytica 163:8-9. 2008)
  • Gene sources: progenitor of B-genome in wheat   (fide Mol Biol Evol 24:225. 2007)
  • Gene sources: secondary genetic relative of wheat   (fide Pap AU Wagen 94-7:309. 1994)

Distributional range:

    Western Asia: Iran [w.]; Iraq; Israel; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Southeastern Europe: Bulgaria; Greece

  • naturalized elsewhere


  • Aldén, B., S. Ryman & M. Hjertson. 2009. Våra kulturväxters namn - ursprung och användning. Formas, Stockholm (Handbook on Swedish cultivated and utility plants, their names and origin).
  • Davis, P. H., ed. 1965–1988. Flora of Turkey and the east Aegean islands.
  • Hammer, K. 1980. Zur Taxonomie und Nomenklatur der Gattung Aegilops L. Feddes Repert. 91:247.
  • Kilian, B. et al. 2007. Independent wheat B and G genome origins in outcrossing Aegilops progenitor haplotypes. Molec. Biol. Evol. 24:217–227.
  • Kimber, G. & M. Feldman. 1987. Wild wheat, an introduction. [= Triticum speltoides (Tausch) Gren. ex K. Richt.].
  • Löve, Á. 1984. Conspectus of the Triticeae. Feddes Repert. 95:491. [= Sitopsis speltoides (Tausch) Á. Löve].
  • Mouterde, P. 1966–. Nouvelle flore du Liban et de la Syrie.
  • Rechinger, K. H., ed. 1963–. Flora iranica.
  • Schneider, A. et al. 2008. Utilisation of Aegilops (goatgrass) species to widen the genetic diversity of cultivated wheat. Euphytica 163:8–9.
  • Slageren, M. W. van. 1994. Wild wheats: a monograph of Aegilops L. and Amblyopyrum (Jaub. & Spach) Eig. Agric. Univ. Wageningen Pap. 94–7:309.
  • Townsend, C. C. & E. Guest. 1968. Flora of Iraq. 9:188.
  • Tutin, T. G. et al., eds. 1964–1980. Flora europaea.
  • Zohary, D. & D. Imber. 1963. Genetic dimorphism in fruit types in Aegilops speltoides. Heredity 18:223.
  • Zohary, M. & N. Feinbrun-Dothan. 1966–. Flora palaestina.


Check other web resources for Aegilops speltoides Tausch:


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