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Eremopyrum triticeum
annual false wheat grass

Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations east of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia south to Arizona, east to the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.

Habitat: Dry wasteland, disturbed areas.

Flowers: May-July

Origin: Introduced

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Finely puberulent annual, the culms 1-3 dm. tall, branched at the base.


Sheaths open; auricles very slender, 1 mm. long; ligules fringed, about 1 mm. long; blades flat, 2-3 mm. broad.


Inflorescence a strongly flattened spike, 1-1.5 cm. long, ovate-oblong; spikelets 11-19, solitary, borne flatwise to the rachis, divergent, 6-8 mm. long, closely crowded; glumes subequal, acuminate to short-awned; lemmas rounded on the back, acuminate to short-awned.

Accepted Name:
Eremopyrum triticeum (Gaertn.) Nevski
Publication: Trudy Sredne-Aziatsk. Gosud. Univ., Ser. 8b, Bot. 17: 52. 1934.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Agropyron prostratum (Pall.) P. Beauv.
Agropyron triticeum Gaertn. [HC]
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Eremopyrum triticeum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Eremopyrum triticeum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Eremopyrum triticeum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Eremopyrum triticeum photos.

USDA Plants: Eremopyrum triticeum information.

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