Elymus fedtschenkoi Tzvelev - Fedchenko.s Couch, Fedchenko.s Wild Rye.

Taxonomic position.

Family Poaceae Benth. genus Elymus L.

Morphology and biology.

Perennial grass. Culms 30-75 cm tall. Forms dense mats. Leaves convolute or flat, on upper or both surfaces covered with dense and very short hairs, sometimes with poor admixture of longer ones. Spikes straight or slightly inclined, light green. Glumes broadly lanceolate, in upper half broadly white-scarious at margin, abruptly narrowed at apex, subequal to lower floret, 5-7-veined, studded with very short and thin spinules. Lemma covered with rather short spinules-hairs at back, with thin long (10-25 mm) scabrous deflected awn at apex. Rhachilla hairy. Paleas shortly ciliate along keels, finely and shortly hairy between. Anthers 2.7 mm long. Flowers in June - August. Anemophilous. 2n=?


Altai, Central Asia; Dzungaria, Mongolian Altai, western Himalayas.


In upper montane zone in subalpine meadows, on meadow slopes, penetrates into valley forests.

Use and economic value.

Forage grass.


Malyshev LI., Peshkova GA., ed. 1990. Flora of Siberia. V.4. Poaceae (Gramineae). Novosibirsk: Nauka. 361 p. (In Russian).
Tzvelev NN. 1976. Grasses of the Soviet Union. Leningrad: Nauka. 788 p. (In Russian).

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