Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Cultivated Rye - Secale cereale   L.Only member of Secale in NC.
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DistributionThroughout most of the state; gaps will probably be filled over time.

Native to the Mediterranean region and western Asia. In N.A., established essentially throughout.
AbundanceApparently frequent as a waif/escape. Since it is planted for roadside stabilization and as a cereal crop, it is likely to turn up almost anywhere. However, it is unlikely that any populations have become truly established and self-reproducing.
HabitatRoadsides, fallow fields, trailsides, disturbed soils, etc.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July.
IdentificationRye generally resembles wheat (genus Triticum) or barley (genus Hordeum). Compare features using drawings in FNA or other grass manuals.
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