Elymus magellanicus

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Elymus magellanicus

Poaceae

Life form: grass
Usage: ornamental plant

Exposure: sun   6

Moisture: moist

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

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves:

Shape: linear

Division: simple

Shape: not specified
Fruit: caryopsis

12C / ffd85c 

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 magellanicus is a grass.

Naming

Elymus magellanicus was already described and the name validly published by Nicaise Auguste Desvaux. It was Áskell Löve, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1984.

Taxonomy

Elymus magellanicus 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 40 to 70 centimetres.

Leaves

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

Flowers and Fruits

Elymus magellanicus produces spikes of light yellow flowers from June to July.

The grasses carry ornamental caryopses.

Root System

Distribution

Elymus magellanicus is native to to the mountain regions of South America.

Cultivation

The grasses prefer a sunny situation on moist soil. The substrate should be sandy-loamy, gritty-loamy or sandy clay soil with a pH between 6,5 and 7,5. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Classification after Prof. Dr. Sieber

  • flower beds (rich soil)
  • open areas

Tolerance of special soil conditions

  • none: winter dampness

Uses

The ornamental value of Elymus magellanicus lies especially in the attractive winter aspect. The recommended planting distance is 35 centimetres, the grasses are best planted in groups of 5 to 10.

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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