Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Oat - Avena sativa   L.
Members of Poaceae:
Only member of Avena in NC.
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DistributionThroughout most of the state; apparently rare in the Mountains.

Native to the Middle East; in N.A. from Lab. to AK, south to FL, TX, and CA.
AbundanceFrequent throughout, except rare in the Mountains. Most, if not all, collections are from non-viable populations left over from cultivation, roadside planting, etc.
HabitatRoadsides, fallow fields, disturbed areas. Often planted as a winter cover crop and roadside stabilizer following cable-laying, digging, etc.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-June.
IdentificationCommon Oat ("Oats") is extremely important as a human food crop and animal feed, having been cultivated for thousands of years. Stems grow mostly 1.5-3 feet tall, rather leafy, with a terminal inflorescence that does not always fully emerge from the uppermost leaf sheath. The spikelets droop or are held at odd angles, each with 1-2 florets.
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