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Elymus lanceolatus (Thickspike wheatgrass)
Smith, R.W.

Elymus lanceolatus

Elymus lanceolatus (Scribn. & J.G. Sm.) Gould

Thickspike Wheatgrass, Streambank Wheatgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)


USDA Symbol: ELLA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Spike
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Flowers in the Pacific Northwest from May through July. Flowers in the Intermountain region and Great Plains from June through August. Flowers in June and July in California.


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , IL , MI , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , OR , SD , WA , WI , WY
Canada: SK

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Native plants of dune erosion control in Michigan
May 30, 2008
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National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-04-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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