Elymus caninus

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Elymus caninus L.

Poaceae

Life form: grass

Exposure: sun  

Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam - Soil: sandy clay

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

 

Inflorescence: spike

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Growth form: not specified

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Liliopsida
Subclassis:
Commelinidae
Superordo:
Poanae
Ordo:
Poales

Elymus caninus, commonly known as bearded couch, is a grass.

Naming

Elymus caninus was described by Carl Linnaeus in 1755. The name is considered as validly published.

Taxonomy

Elymus caninus is a species in the genus Elymus which contains approximately 235 to 310 species and belongs to the family of the Poaceae (Grass Family).

Characteristics

Growth

The grasses reach heights of 30 to 110 centimetres.

Leaves

Elymus caninus has simple leaves that are alternate. The leaves are linear, entire and have parallel venation.

Flowers and Fruits

Elymus caninus produces flowers that are arranged in spikes from June to July.

The grasses produce caryopses.

Root System

Distribution

Elymus caninus is native to the whole of Europe, Turkey, Iraq, the Caucasus, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Northwest India, West-Siberia, East Siberia, Central Asia and West China and is naturalized in North America, Japan and New Zealand.

Cultivation

The grasses prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil.

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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