ovate goatgrass
Aegilops geniculata Roth


Aegilops geniculata is an annual grass that grows in tufts. The rounded stems are geniculate, generally upright and grow from 4-12 in. (10-30 cm) long. A. geniculata is native to Africa, temperate Asia and Europe.
The leaves are pubescent with an eciliate membranous ligule. They are flat and linear from 1.2-3.0 x 0.2-0.9 in. (4-8 cm x 1.5-3 mm) long by wide.
The inflorescence is made up of racemes. The fertile spikelets are urn shaped. Glumes have distinctive awns from 0.8-1.4 in. (2-3.5 cm) long.
The fruit is a caryopsis that is ellipsoid in shape with a longitudinal groove. The fruit is hairy at the apex and contains a single seed.
Ecological Threat
A. geniculata can be found growing along roadsides, ditches, abandoned fields and other disturbed sites.


EDDMapS Distribution

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State Regulated List

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Aegilops
Subject: Aegilops geniculata Roth

Synonyms and Other Names

Related Scientific Names:
Aegilops ovata L. p.p. (Synonym)


Plants - Grass or Grasslike