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Leymus triticoides (Beardless lyme grass) | NPIN

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Leymus triticoides

Beardless lyme grass, Beardless wildrye, Creeping wildrye

Poaceae (Grass Family)

USDA Symbol: LETR5

USDA Native Status:

A 2-4 ft. tall, long-lived, cool-season grass, forming large colonies from an extensive rhizome system. The seedhead of this loose sod-former is erect and slender.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May


USA: AZ , CA , CO , HI , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , TX , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: MT to WA, s. to NM & Baja CA; probably naturalized eastward
Native Habitat: Dry to moist, low & medium elevation hills, canyons & open woods

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Moist to drier, alkaline soils.
Conditions Comments: Extremely saline tolerant. Useful for improving saline rangelands and waterfowl areas.


Description: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

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From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Leymus triticoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Leymus triticoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Leymus triticoides


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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