Aegilops geniculata (Roth)
Synonyms: Aegilops ovata p.p., 1759; Aegilops pontica auct. (Deg.) Valev, 1963; Aegilops lorentii auct. Hochst., 1845.
Common names: Bulg: Kolenchato divo zhito, Pontiyski egilops, Lorentsiev egilops.
Order (Scientific): POALES.
Family (Scientific): POACEAE.
Taxonomic descriptions: Hairy plant with hairy root, noded stems gathered in tufts reaching upwards from 20 cm to 40 cm. Flat and thick leaves. The spike (without awns) is 2-3 cm long, hard, with 3-4 spikelets of which the upper 1-2 are always non- fructiferous and the lower 2 - always frucfiferous, rounded, slightly swollen with 6-8 awns each. The chaffs of the fructiferous spikelets are strongly bristlelike rugged along the veins but naked between them ending at the tip with 2 long almost similar awns.
Black Sea Regional level:
Subregion level: CE
Habitats type, Critical habitats, Limiting factors: On temporary flooded grassy area with high salinity, dry with low salinity, humidity and salinity.
Biology: Reproduction through seeds. Blooms in May, propagates in June, annual grassy plant.
Population trends: Decrease.
Threats: Fluctuation of the water level, contamination of the site.
Conservation measures taken: Protected. Found in a protected area classified as protected land.
Conservation measures proposed: Preservation of the existing conditions in the protected area, mainly the flooded lands. Inclusion in a seed-bank.
Compiled by: M.Filipova.