Agropyron fragile

(Roth) P. Candargy
Common names: Siberian wheatgrass
Synonyms: Agropyron sibiricum Agropyron mongolicum Agropyron fragile var. sibiricum Agropyron cristatum subsp. fragile
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 24. Treatment on page 279.
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Illustrator: Cindy Roché

Copyright: Utah State University

Plants not rhizomatous. Culms 30-100 cm, rarely geniculate. Ligules to 1 mm; blades 1.5-6 mm wide. Spikes (5)8-15 cm long, 5-13 mm wide, linear to narrowly lanceolate; internodes 1.5-5 mm. Spikelets 7-16 mm, appressed or diverging up to 30(35)° from the rachises. Glumes 3-5 mm, glabrous or hairy, often awned, awns 1-3 mm; lemmas 5-9 mm, keels scabrous distally, apices unawned, sometimes mucronate, mucros up to 0.5 mm; anthers 4-5 mm. 2n = (14), 28, (42).


Colo., N.Mex., Utah, Mont., Wyo., Alta., B.C., Man., N.W.T., Sask., Yukon, Nev., S.Dak.


Agropyron fragile is native from the southern Volga basin through the Caucasus to Turkmenistan and Mongolia. It is more drought-tolerant than A. cristatum. Within the Flora region, A. fragile appears to be uncommon outside of experimental plantings. This may change as more cultivars become available.

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Lower Taxa

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Mary E. Barkworth +
(Roth) P. Candargy +
Siberian wheatgrass +
Colo. +, N.Mex. +, Utah +, Mont. +, Wyo. +, Alta. +, B.C. +, Man. +, N.W.T. +, Sask. +, Yukon +, Nev. +  and S.Dak. +
Agropyron sibiricum +, Agropyron mongolicum +, Agropyron fragile var. sibiricum +  and Agropyron cristatum subsp. fragile +
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