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Elymus cinereus

Great Basin Wild Rye (Elymus cinereus)Elymus cinereus
Common Names basin wildrye, giant wildrye, great basin wildrye
Family Grass
Flower Color Green, mixed
Plant Type Grass
Native Yes
Weed No

Great Basin Wild Rye (Elymus cinereus) Great Basin Wild Rye (Elymus cinereus) Great Basin Wild Rye (Elymus cinereus)

Great Basin Wild Rye (Elymus cinereus) Great Basin Wild Rye (Elymus cinereus) Great Basin Wild Rye (Elymus cinereus)

Great Basin Wildrye (Eleymus cinereus)

Great basin wildrye is also known as Giant wildrye. It grows from 3 to 9 feet tall. Wildrye grows in clumps, and in the great basin it is usually found growing on deep soils. Great basin wildrye was used as a cereal staple crop by native Americans. Great basin wildrye can often be found near ancient archeological sites in Malheur County, Oregon.

Great basin wildrye has been reported to be a host to ergot fungus, than can be present when the grains turn black. Long-term consumption of ergot can cause human health problems.

great basin wild rye, giant wildrye


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Dr. Clinton C. Shock
Clinton.Shock@oregonstate.edu

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