Sorting Agropyron names

Species on this page (
A = names approved by most authorities, s = approved as synonyms) :

Agropyron cristatum (L.) Gaertn.

SYNONYM(S) :   Agropyron deweyi Á. Löve, Agropyron muricatum Fisch. ex Eichw., Avena cristata Roem. & Schult., Bromus cristatus L., Triticum cristatum Schreb., Triticum hirsutum Hornem.

CHINESE :   冰草  Bing cao.

CZECH :  Pýr hrebenitý.

DANISH : Kamkvik.

DUTCH :  Awaiting feedback.

ENGLISH : Crested wheatgrass, Fairway crested wheatgrass, Fairway wheatgrass.

FINNISH : Harjasvehnä.

FRENCH : Agropyre à crête, Chiendent à crête.

GERMAN : Kammquecke, Kamm-Quecke

GREEK :  Αγρόπυρον το λοφώδες   Agropiron to lofodes.

HUNGARIAN : Taréjos búzafü.

ITALIAN : Agropiro crestato, Gramigna crestata.

JAPANESE :   クレステッドホイートグラス Kuresuteddo hoiito gurasu.

POLISH : Perz grzebieniasty, Perzu grzebieniastego.  

PORTUGUESE :  Awaiting feedback.

RUSSIAN :  Житняк гребенчатый   Zhitniak grebenchatyi  (Žitnjak grebenčatyj). 

SPANISH : Agropiro crestado (Argentina), Triguillo crestado.

SWEDISH : Kamvete.


Agropyron desertorum (Fisch. ex Link) Schult.

SYNONYM(S) :   Agropyron cristatum (L.) Gaertn. subsp. desertorum Löve, Agropyron sibiricum (Willd.) P. Beauv. var. desertorum  (Fisch. ex Link) Boiss., Triticum desertorum Fisch. ex Link,

CHINESE :  沙生冰草   Sha sheng bing cao.

DANISH :  Awaiting feedback.

DUTCH :   Awaiting feedback.

ENGLISH : Desert crested wheatgrass, Desert wheatgrass, Standard crested wheatgrass.

FINNISH :   Awaiting feedback.

FRENCH : Chiendent du désert.

GERMAN :    Awaiting feedback.

GREEK :    Awaiting feedback.

ITALIAN : Agropiro dei deserti.

PORTUGUESE :   Awaiting feedback.

RUSSIAN :  Житняк пустынный   Zhitniak pustynnyi  (Žitnjak pustynnyj), Житняк узкоколосый   Zhitniak uzkokolosyi.

SPANISH :    Awaiting feedback.

SWEDISH :   Awaiting feedback.


Agropyron repens (L.) P. Beauv.

SYNONYM(S) :   Agropyron caesium J. & K.B. Presl, Agropyron leersianum (Wulf.) Rydberg,  Agropyron sachalinense Honda,  Elymus repens (L.) Gould, Elytrigia repens (L.) Desv. ex Nevski , Triticum glaucum Host, Triticum leersianum Wulf. ex Schweigg. & Koerte

DANISH : Almindelig kvik, Senegraes.

DUTCH : Kweek.

ENGLISH : Couchgrass, Coutch, Dog grass, Quack grass, Quick grass, Twitch grass.

FINNISH : Juolavehnä.

FRENCH : Chiendent commun, Chiendent rampant, Petit chiendent.

GERMAN : Ackerquecke, Gemeine Quecke, Kriechende Quecke, Quecke.

GREEK :   Άγρωστις η έρπουσα    Agrostis  i erpousa.

ITALIAN : Caprinella, Gramigna commune, Gramigno, Gramignone.

JAPANESE : ヒメカモジグサ  Hime kamoji gusa , シバムギ  Shiba mugi.

POLISH :   Perz właściwy.

PORTUGUESE :  Awaiting feedback.

RUSSIAN :   Пырей ползучий  Pyrei polzuchii  (Pyrej polzučij).

SPANISH : Agropiro común, Grama canina, Grama del Norte.

SWEDISH : Kvickrot.



Agropyron sibiricum (Willd.) Beauv.

SYNONYM(S) :   Agropyron cristatum (L.) Gaert. subsp. sibiricum (Willd.) Löve,  Agropyron fragile (Roth) P. Candargy subsp. sibiricum (Willd.) Melderis, Agropyron fragile var. sibiricum (Willd.) Tzvelev,   Eremopyrum sibiricum (Willd.) P. Candargy, Triticum sibiricum Willd.

CHINESE : 西伯利亚冰草    Xi bo li ya bing cao.

RUSSIAN :  Житняк сибирский   Zhitniak sibirskii.


"Agropyron repens" seems hard to pin down. We have conserved the name but recognized that most authors prefer either one of the 2 following based on the corresponding references.

1. Agropyron repens (L.) P. Beauv. =  Elytrigia repens (L.) Desv. ex Nevski ( based on Barkworth, Mary E.; Dewey, Douglas R. 1985. Genomically based genera in the perennial Triticeae of North America: identification and membership. American Journal of Botany. 72(5): 767-776. [393]).

2.  Agropyron repens (L.) P. Beauv. =  Elymus repens (L.) Gould (based on Barkworth, Mary E., ed. 2002. Manual of grasses for North America, [Online]. Utah State University (Producer). Available: [52642]).



Porcher Michel H. et al. 1995 - 2020, Sorting Agropyron Names. Multilingual Multiscript Plant Name Database   (M.M.P.N.D - A Work in Progress. School of Agriculture and Food Systems. Faculty of Land & Food Resources. The University of Melbourne. Australia.
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General Bibliography
Specific & complementary

USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Germplasm Resources Information Network - (GRIN). [Online Database] National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland. Available: (18 September 2006). (GRIN)

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