Canada wildrye

(Elymus canadensis)

Conservation Status
Canada wildrye
 
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

SNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
Wetland Indicator Status
     
  Great Plains

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Midwest

FACU - Facultative upland

     
  Northcentral & Northeast

FACU - Facultative upland

     
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

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Distribution Map

 

Sources

2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 28, 29, 30.

 
         
         
 

Nativity

 
 

Native

 
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Kingdom Plantae (green algae and land plants)  
  Subkingdom Viridiplantae (green plants)  
  Infrakingdom Streptophyta (land plants and green algae)  
  Superdivision Embryophyta (land plants)  
  Division Tracheophyta (vascular plants)  
  Subdivision Spermatophytina (seed plants)  
  Class Liliopsida (monocots)  
 

Order

Poales (grasses, sedges, cattails, and allies)  
 

Family

Poaceae (grasses)  
  No Rank BOP clade  
  Subfamily Pooideae  
  Supertribe Triticodae  
  Tribe Triticeae  
  Subtribe Hordeinae  
 

Genus

Elymus (wild ryes and wheat grasses)  
       
 

Subordinate Taxa

 
 

A few sources, including Flora of North America, NatureServe, and iNaturalist, recognize two or three varieties of Elymus canadensis. Most sources, including ITIS, GBIF, USDA PLANTS, GRIN, World Flora Online, and Plants of the World Online, treat those as synonyms of Elymus canadensis, and recognize no varieties.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Elymus brachystachys

Elymus canadensis var. brachystachys

Elymus canadensis var.canadensis

Elymus canadensis var. hirsutus

Elymus canadensis var. robustus

Elymus crescendus

Elymus philadelphicus

Elymus philadelphicus var. hirsutus

Elymus robustus

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

blue wildrye

Canada rye

Canada wild rye

Canada wildrye

Canadian rye

mountain wildrye

nodding wild rye

nodding wildrye

western wildrye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Plant

 
    Canada wildrye   Canada wildrye  
           
 

Inflorescence

 
    Canada wildrye   Canada wildrye  
           
 

Sheath

 
    Canada wildrye      
           
 

Infructescence

 
    Canada wildrye      

 

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