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Taxon: Agrostis capillaris L.

Genus: Agrostis
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Pooideae tribe: Poeae subtribe: Agrostidinae
Nomen number: 2017
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:62. 1753
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 01-Feb-2008 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 01-Feb-2008
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6).
Accessions: 45 in National Plant Germplasm System.
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  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

Common names:

  • bent grass   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • browntop   (Source: Websters Dict [as A. tenuis]) – English
  • browntop bent   (Source: Aust Pl Common Names ) – English
  • colonial bent   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • colonial bent grass   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • common bent   (Source: BSBI ) – English
  • common bent grass   (Source: World Econ Pl ) – English
  • New Zealand bent grass   (Source: Food Feed Crops US ) – English
  • Prince Edward Island bent grass   (Source: Diversity 16:34.2000) – English
  • Rhode Island bent   (Source: F NAmer ) – English
  • Rhode Island bent grass   (Source: Grass US ) – English
  • waipu   (Source: Diversity 16:34.2000) – English
  • xi ruo jian gu ying   (Source: F ChinaEng ) – Transcribed Chinese
  • agrostide commune   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • agrostide fine   (Source: F NAmer ) – French
  • agrostide ténue   (Source: L Noms French ed6 ) – French
  • gemeines Straußgras   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • Rotstraußgras   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • agrostide tenue   (Source: Mult Glossary Crops ) – Italian
  • polevica tonkaâ   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Transliterated Russian
  • agróstide común   (Source: UPOV ) – Spanish
  • hierba fina   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • rödven   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Spain - Canary Islands [La Palma]
    Northern Africa: Tunisia
    Western Asia: Afghanistan [e.]; Iran [n.]; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Ciscaucasia, Dagestan
    Siberia: Russian Federation - Altay, Buryatia, Eastern Siberia [w.], Gorno-Altay, Irkutsk [s.], Kemerovo, Krasnoyarsk [s.], Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Tyumen, Western Siberia
    Middle Asia: Kazakhstan [e.]
    China: China - Henan, Nei Monggol, Ningxia, Shanxi, Xinjiang
    Northern Europe: Denmark; Finland; 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; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain

      Naturalized: (links to other web resources are provided for some distributions)
    Australia: Australia - New South Wales
    New Zealand: New Zealand
    Western Canada: Canada - British Columbia
    Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - West Virginia
    Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Oregon, Washington
    Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - North Carolina, Virginia
    Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - California
    Brazil: Brazil - Rio Grande do Sul
    Southern South America: Argentina; Chile

    New Zealand: New Zealand
    United States




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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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