Elymus curvatus

Family (Traditional)Poaceae
Species:Elymus curvatus Piper
Common NameAwnless Wildrye
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Moisture Requirements: Sub-xeric; Moisture Requirements: Dry-mesic; Moisture Requirements: Mesic; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Caryopsis; Fruit Type: Grain; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Placentation Type: Parietal; Placentation Type: Basal; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 5
StatusNative; AGCP (FAC), EMP (FAC) (NWPL)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Elymus submuticus Elymus submuticus (Hook.) Smyth & Smyth
Elymus virginicus f. submuticus Elymus virginicus f. submuticus (Hook.) R.W. Pohl
Elymus virginicus var. arcuatus Elymus virginicus var. arcuatus Alph. Wood
Elymus virginicus var. jenkensii Elymus virginicus var. jenkensii Bowden
Elymus virginicus var. jenkinsii Elymus virginicus var. jenkinsii Bowden
Elymus virginicus var. submuticus Elymus virginicus var. submuticus Hook.
Terrellia curvata Terrellia curvata (Piper) Lunell
Terrellia virginica var. submutica Terrellia virginica var. submutica (Hook.) Lunell ex Hitchc.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Ballard (KY), Union (KY), Stewart (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, EKY

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1965 - 1988

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
APSC0033160 Stewart Tennessee 13 Jul 1965 William H. Ellis
Elymus curvatus
APSC0032976 Stewart Tennessee 26 Jul 1983 Edward Chester
Elymus curvatus
APSC0033159 Stewart Tennessee 30 Jun 1988
Elymus curvatus
31234100132834 Union Kentucky 27 Aug 1980 Richard H. Hannan
Elymus curvatus
APSC0086563 Ballard Kentucky
Elymus curvatus
APSC0063808 Ballard Kentucky
Elymus curvatus
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Plant Photos

Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
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Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes
Elymus curvatus - Dwayne Estes