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Awned Wheat Grass

AWNED WHEAT GRASS (Agropyron Richardsonii Schrad.)

Awned Wheat Grass has a short rootstock and therefore grows in tufts like Western Rye Grass. It is easily distinguished, however, by the long awns on the flowering glumes and the arrangement of the flowers in a one-sided spike. It is common in the Prairie Provinces, especially outside the semi-arid regions. It is generally coarser than Western Rye and, on account of its long, stiff awns, less suitable for fodder.