Agropyron lavrenkoanum Prokud. - Lavrenko.s Wheatgrass.


Agropyron cristatum subsp. sabulosum Lavr.

Taxonomic position.

Family Poaceae Benth. genus Agropyron Gaertn.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial grass. Stems 30-75 cm tall, bulb-like thickened at base, densely wrapped with old dead sheaths. Leaves narrow-linear, setaceously convolute, less often flat, 1-3(4) mm wide, glabrous or more or less hairy; sheaths of upper leaves mainly hairy. Spikes ovate-linear, narrowed toward apex, pectinate, 3.5-6.5(8.5) cm long, 10-18(20) mm wide. Spikelets 7-12(13) mm long, 3-7(8)-flowered; glumes abruptly narrowed into scabrous awn 2-4(5) mm long, sometimes ciliate at keel; lemma 4-7 mmlong, glabrous, less often slightly hairy, with scabrous awn 2-5 mm long. Anthers 3-4 mm long. Flowers in June - July. Anemophilous. 2n=14.


Southern and southeastern regions of the European part of the former USSR.


Riverine and partly seaside sands, sandy river terraces and sandy steppes.

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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