Elymus glaucus Buckley
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.
Species Description - Green to glaucous, tufted, 6–14 dm; lvs ± flat, 4–12 mm wide, glabrous to scabrous; auricles mostly well developed, ca 2 mm and clasping the stem; spikes 6–16 cm, erect, compact or loose below, spikelets mostly paired, 10–16 mm, 2–3(4)-fld; glumes subequal, (6.5–)9–14+ mm, narrowly lanceolate, broadest above the flat, sometimes slightly indurate base, 3–5-veined, almost parallel and concealing the base of the subtended florets, glabrous to scabrous, tapering into a short awn; lemmas 8.5–12+ mm, 5-nerved above, glabrous to scabrous on the nerves, tapering into a slender, usually straight awn (10–)14–22(–30) mm; larger paleas 5.5–8.5 mm; anthers 1.7–3 mm; 2n=28. Open woods, moist meadows, and dry hillsides; widespread in the w. cordillera, e. less commonly to Ark., Io., n. Mich., Ont., and w. N.Y.
blue wild rye