Aegilops cylindrica jointed goat-grass Poaceae AECY*; R (DeCandido 2001);


Aegilops (Accessed 3/2014).

Aegilops cylindrica is a winter annual C3 grass (Waller Lewis 1979), 30-70 cm tall. 

Leaves alternate, 0.1-0.5 cm wide. 

Flower spikelets held flat against axis fitting into hollows on each side; glumes keeled on back, hard, 0.7-1 cm long, asymmetrical, with 2 awns, one long, one short (or reduced to a tooth), lemmas 0.8-1 cm long, those of upper spikelets with an rough awn to 10 cm long, awns of lower spikelets progressively shorter; inflorescence an unbranched, cylindrical spike 7-18 cm long 0.5 cm wide, eventually breaking at nodes; blooming and fruiting Spring. 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Southern Europe, w. Asia. 

Habitat: Open disturbed habitats. 

Notes: Hybridizes with wheat (Triticum aestivum), to which it is closely related (Tribe: Triticeae or Hordeae), (Clark and Pohl 1977; Hitchcock 1950). It is apparently a major pest in wheatfields (NAPPO 2005).