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Elymus virginicus  L.
Riley County, Kansas
Height: 2-4 feet
Family: Poaceae - Grass Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, July
Culms: Erect, rigid, hollow, glabrous.
Blades: Flat or occasionally rolled inward, 2-12 inches long, to 3/4 inch wide, green or occasionally blue-green, waxy, glabrous, rough or hairy.
Sheaths: Open, shorter than internodes, mostly glabrous.
Ligules: Short, membranous, rigid.
Inflorescences: Spikes, stiffly upright, 2-6 inches long, terminal, partially enclosed in upper sheath or protruding completely.
Spikelets: Usually 2 per node, sessile, 2-6-flowered; glumes equal, thick, rigid, yellowish, 1/2 to 1 inch long, 3-8 ribbed, often strongly bowed out at bases, awnless to long-awned; lemmas shorter than glumes, awns straight, 1/4 to 1 inch long.
Habitat: Bottomlands, low prairies, stream banks, and edges of woods, in moist, fertile soils.
Distribution: Throughout Kansas.
Forage Value: Virginia wild rye is palatable and nutritious for livestock, but it becomes tough when mature. It makes good hay when cut early.
Comments: Tufted. Virginia wild rye decreases with overgrazing.

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