- Aegilops cylindrica is a winter annual that can reach 4 ft. (1.2 m) in height.
- The leaves are alternate, up to 0.5 in. (1.2 cm) wide with thin hairs along the margins, sheath openings and auricles. The ligule is short and membranous.
- Flowering occurs in May to June, when the plants produce red (when mature) or straw-colored spikes. Spikes are cylindrical and contain 2-12 spikelets per spike.
- The spikelets are awned with the longest awns at the top of the spike. At maturity the seed heads break into individual segments.
- Ecological Threat
- Aegilops cylindrica is native to southern Europe and western Asia. This species is known to hybridize with wheat.