Elymus virginicus L.

Virginia Wild Rye


CC = 5
CW = 0
MOC = 101

© DETenaglia

Family - Poaceae/Triticeae

Stems - No info. yet.

Elymus_virginicus_node.jpg Node of stem.

© DETenaglia

Leaves - No info. yet.

Elymus_virginicus_auricle.jpg Auricle.

© DETenaglia

Elymus_virginicus_ligule.jpg Ligule.

© DETenaglia

Inflorescence - No info. yet.


© DETenaglia

Flowers - No info. yet.


© DETenaglia


© DETenaglia

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Bottoms, dry upland forests, upland prairies, glades, bluff edges, streambanks, gravel bars, pastures, old fields, roadsides, railroads, disturbed sites.

Origin - Native to the U.S.

Other info. - This somewhat showy yet weedy species can be found throughout Missouri and is the most common member of the genus in the state. The plant is incredibly variable and sometimes be difficult to identify using botanical keys. Some authors separate the different plants into their own taxa but further study is needed on this plant. Different populations of plants seem to bloom at different times of the summer also, further confusing the issue. For the most part, E. virginicus can be partially identified by its erect inflorescences, glaucous nodes, and clustered spikelets.

Photographs taken at Logan Creek, Reynolds County, MO., 7-7-03, and in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 6-22-04.