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Useful Temperate Plants

Aegilops speltoides

Tausch

Poaceae

+ Synonyms

Aegilops agropyroides Godr.

Aegilops aucheri Boiss.

Aegilops augeri Steud.

Aegilops ligustica (Savign.) Coss.

Aegilops macrura Jaub. & Spach

Aegilops markgrafii polyathera (Boiss.) K.Hammer

Aegilops singularis Steud.

Agropyron ligusticum Savign.

Agropyron tournefortii Savign.

Sitopsis speltoides (Tausch) Á.Löve

Triticum aucheri (Boiss.) Parl.

Triticum ligusticum (Savign.) Bertol.

Triticum obtusatum Godr.

Triticum speltoides (Tausch) Asch. & Graebn.

Triticum tournefortii (Savign.) Walp.

Common Name:

Aegilops speltoides
Plant growing on the peninsula of Alyki, Thasos, Greece.
Photograph by: Sten Porse
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General Information

Aegilops speltoides is a clump-forming, annual grass with erect culms 20 - 70cm long.
The seed is sometimes harvested from the wild as an emergency food.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

93
Title
Flora of Turkey.
Publication
 
Author
Davis. P. H.
Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Year
1965
ISBN
-
Description
Not for the casual reader, this is an immense work in many volumes. Some details of plant uses and habitats.

Range

Southeast Europe - Greece, Bulgaria; W. Asia - Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Irag, Iran

Habitat

Dry acid grassland[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
], oak scrub, plains, rocky limestone hills, fallow fields and edges of cornfields; at elevations from 100 - 1,200 metres in Turkey[
93
Title
Flora of Turkey.
Publication
 
Author
Davis. P. H.
Publisher
Edinburgh University Press
Year
1965
ISBN
-
Description
Not for the casual reader, this is an immense work in many volumes. Some details of plant uses and habitats.
].

Properties

Edibility Rating *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitAnnual
Height0.60 m
PollinatorsWind
Cultivation StatusWild

Cultivation Details

Aegilops speltoides is a plant of drier regions, often semi-arid. Because it is a summer annual, it can also be grown in a wider range of conditions - it succeeds, for example, at Kew Gardens in London, England and also in the much moister southwest of the country[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
Prefers a sunny position, but also tolerates light shade[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. It requires a well-drained soil and has been seen growing well on an acid gravelly soil and also on a slightly acid loam[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
].
This species is believed to have hybridized with primitive forms of Triticum spp (Wheat) to produce some of the more modern Triticum spp. It could therefore be of value in breeding programmes.

Edible Uses

Seed - cooked. Small and very fiddly to harvest and clean[
K
Title
Plants for a Future
Author
Ken Fern
Description
Notes from observations, tasting etc at Plants For A Future and on field trips.
]. An emergency food, it is normally used as a cereal substitute for making bread etc[
177
Title
Plants for Human Consumption
Publication
 
Author
Kunkel. G.
Publisher
Koeltz Scientific Books
Year
1984
ISBN
3874292169
Description
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of Latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
].

Medicinal

None known

Other Uses

This species is believed to have hybridized with primitive forms of Triticum spp (Wheat) to produce some of the more modern Triticum spp. It could therefore be of value in breeding programmes.

Propagation

Seed - sow early to mid spring in situ and only just cover the seed. Make sure the soil does not dry out before the plants germinate. Seed can also be sown early early spring in a greenhouse and planted out in May.
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