Agropyron kazachstanicum (Tzvel.) Peschkova - Kazakhstan crested wheatgrass.

Taxonomical position.

Family Poaceae Benth. Genera Agropyron Gaertn.


Agropyron cristatum subsp. kazachstanicum Tzvel.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial cereal. Stocky (15-50 cm of height, are sometimes higher) dense turf plants, usual with several stalks, naked on all length, rare in the top part shortly haired, in the bottom part elbow bent. Radical leaves numerous, in many (rare only up to 2) time more shortly a stalk, approximately identical length, rigid, curtailed, frequently arcuately bent, from lateral aspect naked and smooth, from within is short haired, ridge. Spikes obovate or oblong obovate, edge, usually dense, but with appreciable gleams between spikelets. Spikelet scales naked or across kiel with long cilias, with awn 2-4 mm of length. Bottom floral scales haired, less often rough or naked, come to an end by awn 2-4 mm of length.


East Kazakhstan.


In stony and breakstone steppes, on rocks, in thrickets of steppe bushes, deserted communities, less often on sand and in sandy steppes.

Use and economic value.

Fodder plant.

The literature:

Tzvelev N.N. Cereals of the USSR. - Leningrad: "Nauka", 1976. - 788 pages.

Malyshev L.L.

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