Leymus triticoides

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Leymus triticoides
Leymus triticoides (Buckl.) Pilger.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Leymus
Species: L. triticoides
Binomial name
Leymus triticoides
(Buckley) Pilg.
Synonyms

Elymus triticoides

Leymus triticoides, with the common names creeping wild rye and beardless wild rye, is a species of wild rye. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California and Texas.

Habitat[edit]

Leymus triticoides often grows in moist habitat, sometimes with heavy and saline soils. It forms a solid root system which allows it to grow at water's edge and prevent the soil from eroding.[1]

Description[edit]

This rhizomatous, turf-forming perennial grass reaches 1.3 meters in maximum height. The stiff, slender green to blue-green leaves stand away from the stems at an obvious angle. The inflorescence is a narrow spike of flowers up to 20 centimeters long.

This is a good rangeland grass for grazing, and it is used to stabilize waterways because of its soil-retaining rhizome network.[2]

Leymus triticoides is an important native plant in California chaparral and woodlands habitat restoration projects.

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