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Aegilops triuncialis (barb goatgrass; barbed goatgrass)


Wikipedia Abstract

Aegilops triuncialis, or barbed goatgrass, is a winter annual grass species of the Poaceae family. It is native to many areas in Eastern and Mediterranean Europe and Western Asia. It is considered an introduced, invasive species in North America, mainly in the Western coast of the United States. In its native lands, the grass thrives in mainly rocky, serpentine soil, but also does well in grasslands and ruderal/disturbed ground as well as oak woodlands.
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Invasive Species

Aegilops triuncialis (barb goatgrass) is an annual grass with a native range throughout Europe, Asia and the Mediterranean Basin. It has invaded the United States, where it is particularly invasive in California. It is expanding its range in the state and becoming a dominant grass in foothill grasslands of central California. It outcompetes native grasses, reduces habitat for threatened species, affects microbial communities and alters nutrient cycling dynamics. Management of this species is one of the most important issues in rangeland management in California.
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Edible [1]  May be edible. See the Plants For A Future link below for details.
Flower Type [1]  Hermaphrodite
Lifespan [1]  Annual
Pollinators [1]  Wind
Structure [2]  Grass
Height [1]  12 inches (0.3 m)
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Tigrovaia Balka Zapovednik State Nature Reserve Ia 146860 Tajikistan  


Mayetiola destructor (hessian fly)[3]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Svalbard Global Seed Vault


North America; S. Europe to Afghanistan, N. Africa;

External References

USDA Plant Profile



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1Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Biological Records Centre Database of Insects and their Food Plants
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