Elymus hystrix L.  
Family: Poaceae
bottlebrush grass, eastern bottlebrush grass, glumeless wild-rye
[Elymus hystrix f. bigelovianus L., Hystrix hystrix (L.) Millsp., Hystrix patula Moench]
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Paul Drobot  
Etymology: Elymus: Greek name for a type of grain, meaning generally to roll up," referring to lemma and palea which are tightly rolled about the seed
Plants: perennial, 2'-5' tall grass
Flowers: blooms July-Aug.
Habitat: partial sun, shade; dry to moderate moisture; woods; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
- very distinctive and attractive

- spikelets in pairs, well-spaced, and nearly perpendicular to the rachis

- glumes lacking or reduced to awns up to 15 mm

- stem hairless and unbranched

 

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Christopher Noll  
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Hugh H. Iltis  
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Christopher Noll  
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Matthew L. Wagner