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Taxon: Avena sterilis L.

Genus: Avena
Family: Poaceae (alt. Gramineae) subfamily: Pooideae tribe: Poeae subtribe: Aveninae
Nomen number: 6148
Place of publication: Sp. pl. ed. 2, 1:118. 1762
Typification: View record from Linnaean Plant Name Typification Project of the Natural History Museum of London.
Name verified on: 29-Jan-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last updated: 25-Sep-2008
Species priority site is: National Small Grains Collection (NSGC).
Accessions: 7914 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 ‘OAT’ ) or .
  • Check PlantSearch database of Botanic Gardens Conservation International for possible non-NPGS germplasm.

A declared noxious weed by USDA-APHIS.
A declared aquatic or terrestrial noxious weed and/or noxious-weed seed in these U.S. states (see state noxious weed lists), with links to state information or web documents:
AL*, FL(including A. ludoviciana)*, MA*, NC*, OK*°.
ªAquatic. *Terrestrial. °In seed.
noxious weed information from Invaders Database System for northwestern U.S.

Common names:

  • animated oat   (Source: AH 505 ) – English
  • sterile oat   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • wild oat   (Source: USDA/APHIS ) – English
  • wild red oat   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • winter wild oat   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – English
  • avoine animée   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • avoine stérile   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – French
  • Winterhafer   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – German
  • aveão   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Portuguese
  • oves besplodny   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Transliterated Russian
  • oves sredizemnomorskij   (Source: Mansf Ency ) – Transliterated Russian
  • avena caballuna   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • avena estéril   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • avena loca   (Source: Dict Rehm ) – Spanish
  • storhavre   (Source: Vara kulturvaxt namn ) – Swedish

Economic importance:

  • Gene sources: disease resistance for oat   (fide Agron Monogr 33:617. 1992)
  • Gene sources: high yield for oat   (fide Agron Monogr 33:617. 1992)
  • Gene sources: primary genetic relative of oat   (fide Wild Crop Rel Cer 3:162. 2011)
  • Vertebrate poisons: mammals   (fide Econ Pl Aust)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant   (fide Weed CIBA)

Distributional range:

    Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    Northern Africa: Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
    Northeast Tropical Africa: Ethiopia [n.]
    Arabian Peninsula: Saudi Arabia
    Western Asia: Afghanistan; Cyprus; Egypt - Sinai; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
    Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia
    Middle Asia: Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
    Indian Subcontinent: India [n.w.]; Pakistan
    Middle Europe: Czech Republic; Switzerland
    East Europe: Estonia; Lithuania; Ukraine - Krym
    Southeastern Europe: Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece [incl. Crete]; Italy [incl. Sardinia, Sicily]; Serbia; Slovenia
    Southwestern Europe: France [incl. Corsica]; Portugal; Spain [incl. Baleares]

  • widely naturalized elsewhere




Check other web resources for Avena sterilis L.:


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  • 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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Cite as:
USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program.
Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN) [Online Database].
National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland.
URL: (29 August 2015)

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