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Hordeum vulgare

Distribution: Occurring in scattered locations on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; widely distributed throughout North America.

Habitat: Old fields, wasteland, roadsides, and other disturbed areas where escaped from cultivation.

Flowers: May-June

Origin: Introduced

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Annual, the culms smooth, 8-12 dm. tall.


Sheaths open, smooth; auricles well-developed; ligules 0.5-1 mm. long; blades 10-15 mm. broad.


Inflorescence a stout spike; spikelets 3 per node, 1-flowered, all sessile and fertile; glumes narrow, usually awned; lemmas usually with awns 10-15 cm. long, but sometimes unawned and 3-lobed at the tip.

Accepted Name:
Hordeum vulgare L.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Hordeum aegiceras Nees ex Royle
Hordeum distichon L.
Hordeum hexastichum L.
Hordeum vulgare L. var. trifurcatum (Schltdl.) Alef.
ssp. vulgare – common barley
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hordeum vulgare in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hordeum vulgare checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hordeum vulgare atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hordeum vulgare photos.

USDA Plants: Hordeum vulgare information.

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