Agropyron pinifolium Nevski - Rigid-leaved Wheatgrass.


Agropyron cristatum subsp. sclerophyllum Novopokr.

Taxonomic position.

Family Poaceae Benth. genus Agropyron Gaertn.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial grass 12.25 cm tall. Forms dense mats with stems more or less thickened at base, and with numerous shortened sterile shoots with distichously arranged, short, convolute and bent leaves. Cauline leaves narrow-linear, convolute. Spike up to 2.5 cm long, dense. Spikelets 3.5 flowered. Glumes ovate-lanceolate with prominent keel and short awn up to 2.3 mm long, ciliate at keel. Lemma glabrous or pubescent. Flowers in May - July. Anemophilous. 2n=?


Endemic. West Transcaucasia.


On calcareous rocks.

Use and economic value.

Forage grass.


Grossheim AA. 1939. Flora of Caucasus. 2nd ed. V.1. 402 p. (In Russian).
Tzvelev NN. 1976. Grasses of the Soviet Union. Leningrad: Nauka. 788 p. (In Russian).

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