Avena barbata, Avena hirsuta, Slender oat, Slender oats,
Slender wildoat,
Hebrew: שיבולת-שועל מתפרקת, Arabic: سنيسله

Scientific name:  Avena barbata Pott ex Link
Scientific name:   Avena hirsuta Moench
Common name:  Slender oat, Wild oat
Hebrew name:  שיבולת-שועל מתפרקת
Arabic name:  سنيسله
Family:   Graminea (Poaceae), Grass Family, משפחת הדגניים

Avena barbata, Avena hirsuta, Slender oat, Slender oats, Slender wildoat, שיבולת-שועל سنيسله, מתפרקת

Life form:  Annual
Stems:  60–80 cm, becoming erect
Leaves:  Alternate, entire, glabrous to minutely scabrous, smooth margin
Inflorescence:  Panicle with a roughly pyramidal shape with equilateral branches spreading outward; Spikelets pendulous, 21-30 mm, with 2-3 florets
Flowers:  Glumes subequal, 15-30 mm, 7-9-veined; calluses bearded, hairs 2-3 mm; fertile lemma lanceolate; coriaceous; without keel; Lemma surface scabrous, rough above, pilose, hairy below; lemma apex dentate; palea keels ciliolate; lodicules narrowly triangular, without lobes on the wings; 3 anthers; ovary pubescent
Fruits / pods:  Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; cylindric, longitudinally grooved, pubescent
Flowering Period:  March, April
Habitat:  Batha, Phrygana
Distribution:   Mediterranean Woodlands and Shrublands, Semi-steppe shrublands, Shrub-steppes, Deserts and extreme deserts, Montane vegetation of Mt. Hermon
Chorotype:  Mediterranean
Summer shedding:  Ephemeral

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Derivation of the botanical name:
Avena, Latin for oats.
barbata, bearded, with lomg weak hairs.
hirsuta, hairy.
The Hebrew word: שיבולת-שועל, shibolet-shual, oats, from Aramaic: שבלתא, shibalta.
Oats are mentioned in the Mishnah Kil'ayim, משנה כלאים א׳:א׳.
  • The standard author abbreviation Pott is used to indicate Johann Friedrich Pott (1738 - 1805) , a German botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Link is used to indicate Johann Heinrich Friedrich Link (1767 – 1851), a German naturalist and botanist.
  • The standard author abbreviation Moench is used to indicate Conrad Moench (1744 – 1805), a German botanist, Professor of Botany at the Marburg University.