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Agropyron is a genus of Eurasian plants in the grass family), native to Europe and Asia but widely naturalized in North America.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Agropyron cristatum print-01.jpg
Agropyron cristatum[1]
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Subfamily: Pooideae
Supertribe: Triticodae
Tribe: Triticeae
Genus: Agropyron
Type species
Agropyron cristatum
  • Costia Willk.
  • Cynopoa Ehrh.
  • Douglasdeweya C.Yen, J.L.Yang & B.R.Baum
  • Kratzmannia Opiz
  • Zeia Lunell

Species in the genus are commonly referred to as wheatgrass.[9]

formerly included[2]

species now considered better suited in other genera: Crithopsis Elymus Kengyilia Leymus Thinopyrum Vulpia etc.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ illustration circa 1805, Hand-colored copper engraving of Agropyron cristatum, from Icones et descriptiones Graminum austriacorum Vindobonae : A. Schmidt, 1801-1809.
  2. ^ a b c Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
  3. ^ Watson L, Dallwitz MJ. (2008). "The grass genera of the world: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval; including synonyms, morphology, anatomy, physiology, phytochemistry, cytology, classification, pathogens, world and local distribution, and references". The Grass Genera of the World. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2009-08-19.
  4. ^ Gaertner, Joseph. 1770. Novi Commentarii Academiae Scientiarum Imperalis Petropolitanae 14(1): 539
  5. ^ Tropicos, Agropyron Gaertn.
  6. ^ Flora of China Vol. 22 Page 1, 386, 387, 437 冰草属 bing cao shu Agropyron Gaertner, Novi Comment. Acad. Sci. Imp. Petrop. 14: 539. 1770
  7. ^ Altervista Flora Italiana genere Agropyron photos and distribution maps for several species
  8. ^ Biota of North America Program 2013 county distribution maps
  9. ^ US Department of Agriculture plants profile, Agropyron Gaertn., wheatgrass
  10. ^ "Agropyron of Iran". Flora of Iran. Retrieved 1 April 2016.