barb goatgrass
Aegilops triuncialis L


Aegilops triuncialis is an annual that can grow up to 16 in. (40.6 cm) tall. It is native to Mediterranean Europe.
Leaves are rigid, sharp and pointed with long white hairs distributed sparsely along all parts of the blade. The ligule does not protrude noticeably above the leaf blade.
The flowers are a orange color. It blooms from June-August.
Grain 0.25 in. (0.64 cm) long, resembling a wheat kernel.
Ecological Threat
Aegilops triuncialis is a dry land crop invader. This species, will dominate dry land pastures and readily crosses with wheat. This produces sterile seed and unmarketable wheat. When mature, it is unpalatable for livestock.

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Taxonomic Rank

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

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
barbed goatgrass, barb goatgrass


Plants - Grass or Grasslike