Taxon: Vulpia myuros (L.) C. C. Gmel.

Genus: Vulpia
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
  Subfamily: Pooideae
      Tribe: Poeae
        Subtribe: Loliinae
Nomen number: 41939
Place of publication: Fl. bad. 1:8. 1805
Name Verified on: 15-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 20-Nov-2007
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 16 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control (fide Cover Crop Database)
  • Environmental: revegetator (fide Cover Crop Database)
  • Environmental: soil improver (fide Cover Crop Database)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Weed CIBA; Invasive Pl Spec)

Distributional Range:


  • Africa

    • East Tropical Africa: Kenya
    • Macaronesia: Portugal - Madeira Islands; Spain - Canary Islands
    • Northeast Tropical Africa: Eritrea
    • Northern Africa: Algeria; Egypt; Libya; Morocco; Tunisia
  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Armenia; Azerbaijan; Georgia; Russian Federation - Dagestan; Russian Federation-Ciscaucasia - Ciscaucasia
    • Middle Asia: Kyrgyzstan; Tajikistan; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan
    • Western Asia: Afghanistan; Cyprus; Egypt - Sinai; Iran; Iraq; Israel; Jordan; Lebanon; Syria; Turkey
  • Asia-Tropical

    • Indian Subcontinent: Bhutan; India; Pakistan
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Ukraine
    • Middle Europe: Austria; Belgium; Czech Republic; Germany; Hungary; Netherlands; Poland; Slovakia; Switzerland
    • Northern Europe: Ireland; United Kingdom
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania; Bulgaria; Croatia; Greece; Italy; Romania; Serbia; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: France; Portugal; Spain

  • Naturalized:

  • Africa

    • Macaronesia: Portugal - Azores
    • Southern Africa: Lesotho; South Africa - KwaZulu-Natal, - Free State, - Eastern Cape, - Northern Cape, - Western Cape
  • Asia-Temperate

    • China: China
    • Eastern Asia: Japan; Taiwan
  • Australasia

    • Australia: Australia
    • New Zealand: New Zealand
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Lithuania
    • Northern Europe: Finland; Norway; Sweden
  • Northern America

    • : Mexico
    • Northeastern U.S.A.: United States - West Virginia
    • Northwestern U.S.A.: United States - Oregon, - Washington
    • South-Central U.S.A.: United States - New Mexico, - Texas
    • Southeastern U.S.A.: United States - Georgia, - North Carolina, - Virginia
    • Southwestern U.S.A.: United States - Arizona, - California
    • Subarctic America: Canada - Yukon Territory
    • Western Canada: Canada - British Columbia
  • Pacific

    • North-Central Pacific: U.S. Outlying Islands - Midway Islands; United States - Hawaii
  • Southern America

    • Brazil: Brazil - Rio Grande do Sul, - Santa Catarina
    • Caribbean: Hispaniola; Jamaica
    • Central America: Costa Rica; Guatemala
    • Southern South America: Argentina; Chile; Uruguay
    • Western South America: Bolivia; Ecuador; Peru

  • Cultivated:

    . also cult.


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Check other web resources for Vulpia myuros (L.) C. C. Gmel. :


  • Florets: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image