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Agropyron cristatum[1]
Scientific classification

Type species
Agropyron cristatum

Agropyron is a genus of Eurasian plants in the grass family), native to Europe and Asia but widely naturalized in North America.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Species in the genus are commonly referred to as wheatgrass.[9]

  1. Agropyron badamense - Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan
  2. Agropyron bulbosum - Iran[10]
  3. Agropyron cimmericum - Ukraine, Crimea
  4. Agropyron cristatum - Crested wheatgrass - Eurasia + North Africa from Spain + Morocco to Korea + Khabarovsk; naturalized in western + central North America (United States, Canada, northern Mexico)
  5. Agropyron dasyanthum - Ukraine
  6. Agropyron desertorum - Desert Wheatgrass - from Crimea + Caucasus to Mongolia + Siberia
  7. Agropyron deweyi - Turkey
  8. Agropyron fragile - Siberian wheatgrass - from Caucasus to Mongolia; naturalized in scattered locales in western United States + Canada
  9. Agropyron michnoi - Buryatiya, Zabaykalsky Krai, Mongolia, Inner Mongolia
  10. Agropyron mongolicum - Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Ningxia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Xinjiang
  11. Agropyron × pilosiglume - European Russia
  12. Agropyron tanaiticum - Ukraine, European Russia
  13. Agropyron thomsonii - Western Himalayas
formerly included[2]

species now considered better suited in other genera: Crithopsis Elymus Kengyilia Leymus Thinopyrum Vulpia etc.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ illustration circa 1805, Hand-colored copper engraving of Agropyron cristatum, from Icones et descriptiones Graminum austriacorum Vindobonae : A. Schmidt, 1801-1809.
  2. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Watson L, Dallwitz MJ. (2008). "The grass genera of the world: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval; including synonyms, morphology, anatomy, physiology, phytochemistry, cytology, classification, pathogens, world and local distribution, and references". The Grass Genera of the World. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  4. ^ Gaertner, Joseph. 1770. Novi Commentarii Academiae Scientiarum Imperalis Petropolitanae 14(1): 539
  5. ^ Tropicos, Agropyron Gaertn.
  6. ^ Flora of China Vol. 22 Page 1, 386, 387, 437 冰草属 bing cao shu Agropyron Gaertner, Novi Comment. Acad. Sci. Imp. Petrop. 14: 539. 1770
  7. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana genere Agropyron photos and distribution maps for several species
  8. ^ Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution maps
  9. ^ US Department of Agriculture plants profile, Agropyron Gaertn., wheatgrass
  10. ^ "Agropyron of Iran". Flora of Iran. Retrieved 1 April 2016.