Leymus cinereus (Scribn. & Merr.) Á. Löve
Basin Wildrye, Great Basin Lyme Grass, Great Basin Wildrye
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Aneurolepidium piperi, Elymus cinereus, Elymus cinereus var. pubens, Elymus condensatus var. pubens, Elymus piperi
USDA Symbol: LECI4
Much like common rye grass, this tall, robust, cool-season grass grows in bunches often 1 ft. or more across. The leaves are flat and 1-3 ft. long. There is a single, erect, dense seed head, 5-8 in. long, at the end of each 2-6 ft. culm. Great Basin lyme grass is a short-lived perennial.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Class: 3-6 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MN , MT , NE , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC , SK
Native Distribution: B.C. to Sask., s. to s. CA & NM
Native Habitat: River banks; ravines; moist or dry slopes & plains
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Dry to moist, sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: This grass tolerates salt and drought and adapts to wet winters and dry summers. It is good for binding sandy, loose soils.
PropagationDescription: Sow seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seeds germinate without treatment.
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording 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
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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From the ArchiveWildflower Newsletter 1995 VOL. 12, NO.3 - Explore the Big Bend With the Wildflower Center, Education Director\'s Report, T...
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Leymus cinereus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Leymus cinereus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Leymus cinereus
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-02-20
Research By: TWC Staff