Agropyron cimmericum Nevski - Kerch Wheatgrass.

Taxonomic position.

Family Poaceae Benth. genus Agropyron Gaertn.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial grass. Rhizomatous plant. Stems 25.50 (80) cm tall, geniculate at the base, pubescent under spike. Leaves convolute, 2-4 mm wide, glabrous beneath, shortly pubescent or long-hairy above; ligule up to 1 mm long. Spikes linear, pectinate, with divaricate and closely approximate spikelets, 4-7 cm long, 8-12 mm wide. Spikelets 7-9 mm long, (3)4-5-flowered; glumes lanceolate-subulate, with an awn 1-2 mm long, glabrous or hairy; lemma (5) 6-7 mm long, acumanate into awn 1-2,5 mm long, less often obtusate, more or less hairy. Flowers in June. Anemophilous. 2n=?


Endemic. Coast of Azov Sea.


Seaside sodded and blown sands and sandy-shelly bars.

Use and economic value.

Forage grass.


Shelyag-Sosonko YuR., ed. Grasses of Ukraine. 1977. Kiev: Naukova Dumka. 518 p. (In Russian).
Tzvelev NN. 1976. Grasses of the Soviet Union. Leningrad: Nauka. 788 p. (In Russian).

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