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Aegilops speltoides

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Features

  • BloomsJune to August
  • Height0.4m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitGrass-like
  • Flower ColourYellow green
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Aegilops speltoides. This is an annual grass with linear to lanceolate leaves.

Characteristics

Annual, Deciduous, Rhizome, Grass

Origin

N. Africa, W. Asia

Interest and use

Used as animal feed. The seed is edible, but fiddly to obtain and therefore has only been used as an emergency cereal, when the main crop has failed. Important as a potential source of resistance to diseases in common wheat, and for wheat breeding programmes in general.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • WaterDry

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