Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Ryegrasses or Wild-ryes (genus Elymus) are noted by their evenly spaced leaves and elongate, terminal inflorescence that recall cultivated rye or wheat. Each floret produces several long, skinny awns per the Vascular Plants of North Carolina website.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales
Great Plains Wild-rye, Nodding Wild-rye, Canada Wild-rye
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