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Taxon: Triticum aestivum L. subsp. spelta (L.) Thell.

Genus: Triticum section: Triticum
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Pooideae tribe: Triticeae
Nomen number: 406903
Place of publication: Naturwiss. Wochenschr. ser. 2, 17(33):471. 1918
Comment: or T. aestivum Spelta Group
Name verified on: 20-Mar-1998 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 14-Jul-2010
Species priority site is: National Small Grains Collection (NSGC).
Accessions: 1307 in National Plant Germplasm System.
  • all available ) NPGS accessions. or .
  • all available ) NPGS accessions by country.
  • only available ) NPGS core subset accessions for the crop ‘WHEAT’ ) or .
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

See other conspecific taxa:

Common names:


Economic importance:

  • Human food: cereal   (fide L Edible Pl, as T. spelta)
  • Human food: starch   (fide L Edible Pl, as T. spelta)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of wheat   (hexaploid fide Kuckuck 1982, as T. spelta)
  • Medicines: folklore   (fide Herbs Commerce ed2, as T. spelta)

Distributional range:

  • only cultivated



Check other web resources for Triticum aestivum L. subsp. spelta (L.) Thell.:

  • Mansfeld: Mansfeld's World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops


  • 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.
Jump to GrainGenes: A database for Triticeae and Avena

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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: (27 November 2015)

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