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Taxon: Agropyron desertorum (Fisch. ex Link) Schult.

Genus: Agropyron
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Pooideae tribe: Triticeae
Nomen number: 1817
Place of publication: Mant. 2:412. 1824
Name verified on: 06-Nov-2007 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 20-Nov-2007
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 129 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.

Common names:

  • crested wheatgrass   (Source: Food Feed Crops US ) – English
  • desert crested wheatgrass   (Source: F CalifJep ) – English
  • desert wheatgrass   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • standard crested wheatgrass   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • chiendent désertique   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • chiendent du désert   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • agropiro dei deserti   (Source: Mult Glossary Crops ) – Italian
  • žitnâk pustynnyj   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Transliterated Russian

Economic importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control   (fide Food Feed Crops US)
  • Environmental: revegetator   (fide Food Feed Crops US)
  • Animal food: fodder   (fide Food Feed Crops US)
  • Animal food: forage   (fide Food Feed Crops US)
  • Gene sources: tertiary genetic relative of wheat   (based on hybrid formation with Triticum aestivum by somatic crosses fide Pl Breed (NY) 112:160. 1994)

Distributional range:

    Caucasus: Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Altay, Kurgan, Omsk, Tuva
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan; Turkmenistan
    Mongolia: Mongolia
    China: China - Nei Monggol, Ningxia, Shanxi, Xinjiang
    East Europe: Russian Federation - European part [s.e.]; Ukraine [e. & Krym]

    East Europe: Ukraine
    Canada [c.]
    United States [w. & c.]


  • Afonin, A. N., S. L. Greene, N. I. Dzyubenko, & A. N. Frolov, eds. Interactive agricultural ecological atlas of Russia and neighboring countries. Economic plants and their diseases, pests and weeds (on-line resource).
  • Alderson, J. & W. C. Sharp. 1995. Grass varieties in the United States, U.S.D.A. Agric. Handb. 170, rev. ed.
  • Chen, Q. et al. 1990. Intergeneric hybrids between Triticum aestivum and three crested wheatgrasses: Agropyron mongolicum, A. michnoi, and A. desertorum. Genome 33:663–667.
  • Cronquist, A. et al. 1972–. Intermountain flora. [= A. cristatum (L.) Gaertn.].
  • Czerepanov, S. K. 1995. Vascular plants of Russia and adjacent states (the former USSR).
  • Englert, J. M. et al. 1999. USDA-NRCS Improved conservation plant materials released by NRCS and cooperators.
  • FNA Editorial Committee. 1993–. Flora of North America. [= A. cristatum (L.) Gaertn.].
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). 2010. Ecocrop (on-line resource).
  • Hanelt, P., ed. 2001. Mansfeld's encyclopedia of agricultural and horticultural crops. Volumes 1-6.
  • Hickman, J. C., ed. 1993. The Jepson manual: higher plants of California.
  • International Seed Testing Association. 1982. A Multilingual Glossary of Common Plant-Names 1. Field crops, grasses and vegetables, ed. 2.
  • Jiang, J. et al. 1994. Recent advances in alien gene transfer in wheat. Euphytica 73:199–212. [this review recognized Agropyron desertorum as part of the tertiary gene pool of Triticum aestivum].
  • Krasnoborov, I. M., ed. 2000–. Flora of Siberia (English translation).
  • Li, L. H. & Y. S. Dong. 1994. Somaclonal variation in tissue culture of Triticum aestivum × Agropyron desertorum F1 hybrid. Pl. Breed. (New York) 112:160–166.
  • Limin, A. E. & D. B. Fowler. 1990. An interspecific hybrid and amphidiploid produced from Triticum aestivum crosses with Agropyron cristatum and Agropyron desertorum. Genome 33:581–584.
  • Markle, G. M. et al., eds. 1998. Food and feed crops of the United States, ed. 2.
  • Mellish, A. et al. 2002. Genetic relationships among selected crested wheatgrass cultivars and species determined on the basis of AFLP markers. Crop Sci. (Madison) 42:1662–1668.
  • Nasir, E. & S. I. Ali, eds. 1970–. Flora of [West] Pakistan.
  • Porcher, M. H. et al. Searchable World Wide Web Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database (MMPND) (on-line resource).
  • Rehm, S. & G. Espig. 1991. The cultivated plants of the tropics and subtropics.
  • Rehm, S. 1994. Multilingual dictionary of agronomic plants.
  • Skvortsov, A. K., ed. 2006–. Flora of the Lower Volga region.
  • Townsend, C. C. & E. Guest. 1966–. Flora of Iraq.
  • Tzvelev, N. N. 1976. Zlaki SSSR.
  • Wang, R. R.-C. 2011. Chapter 2. Agropyron and Psathyrostachys. Pp. 77–108 in: Kole, C., ed., Wild crop relatives: genomic and breeding resources, cereals.
  • Wu Zheng-yi & P. H. Raven et al., eds. 1994–. Flora of China (English edition).


Check other web resources for Agropyron desertorum (Fisch. ex Link) Schult.:


  • GRIN Images of germplasm accessions.
  • Florets: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Florets: Seed ID Workshop image, from Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, Ohio State University
  • Inflorescence branch: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Spikelet: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image
  • Check for additional images
  • 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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Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
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