Agropyron Gaertn.

The generic limits of Agropyron are controversial. As currently accepted it includes ca. 15 species, all confined to the temperate regions of Eurasia (Mabberley 2008). From related genera in Triticeae (especially Elymus) it is separated by its perennial habit and keeled glumes.

Agropyron cristatum (and some other species that are doubtfully distinct) are sometimes sown to restore productivity to areas that have been overgrazed, burned or otherwise disturbed (Barkworth 2007). They also occur as weeds of agricultural fields.


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