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Release: Elkton - Jepson's blue wildrye

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SymbolELGLJ2
Release NameElkton
Release Typecultivar
DescriptionCool season perennial bunchgrass. Selected for agronomic performance, earlier phenological development (spring recovery and maturity) and uniformity. Foliage grass green and lacks glaucous appearance. Mean culm height 118 cm (range 95-140). Stems intermediate in coarseness, often bent at base. Lower, younger sheaths are purple tinged at base, pubescent. Leaf blades nearly glabrous, flat, lax, and width 6-14 mm. Spikes erect, length 8-20 cm. Lemmas glabrous to scabrid-pubescent. Good vigor, seed yield (mean 514 lbs/ac, range 380-623), and stand longevity compared to Arlington and other populations. Self-fertile and primarily self-pollinated (60-95%). Matures seed 7-14 days earlier and initiates growth 15-30 days sooner in spring than Arlington. Seed weight 140,000 seeds/lb, average of 3 lots.
SourceCollected from a native stand in Douglas County, OR, near the city of Elkton at an elevation of 400 ft.
Breeding MethodEcotype originating from a wild stand. Not intentionally bred or hybridized, but selected in comparison to 128 populations from OR, WA and other states, in a nonreplicated study, and 4 years in solid stands at several sites in WA and OR.
Intended UseErosion control; quick self-perpetuating cover or site rehabilitation on logging roads, cut-over timberland, burned areas, steep hillsides, and prairies of western Oregon, northern California, and southwestern Washington.
Release Info1997, by the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station and the Plant Materials Center, NRCS, Corvallis, OR.
Information SourcesGRIN; Release notice
Source StateOR
Source CountyDouglas
Source EcoregionCoast Range

 

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