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Avena byzantina is an annual member of the Avena genus in the family Gramineae. Trait data. plant height, median, 4 ft mature. shedability, deciduous. shape, erect. life cycle habit, annual. growth habit, graminoid. flower color, yellow. leaf color. A. R. D. Meikle, Flora of Cyprus 2. Altitudinal range. mB. B. R. D. Meikle, Flora of Cyprus 2. Common Name. Σιφουνάριν. Main menu.

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Edit this page to add your knowledge. Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in full sun [6].

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There are no interactions listed for Avena byzantina. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? Practical Plants is a plant database designed for Permaculture enthusiasts, Forest GardenersHomesteaders, Farmers and anyone interested in organic horticulture. Edible uses Notes Seed – cooked [1] byzantija [3] [4].


The seed ripens in the latter half of summer and, when harvested and dried, can store for several years. It has a floury texture and a mild, somewhat creamy flavour.

Avena byzantina

It can be used as a staple food crop in either savoury or sweet dishes. The seed can be cooked whole, though it is more commonly ground into a flour and used as a cereal in all the ways that oats are used, especially as a porridge but also to make biscuits, sourdough bread etc. The seed can also be sprouted and eaten raw or cooked in salads, stews etc. The roasted seed is a coffee substitute. Material uses The straw has a wide range of uses such as for bio-mass, fibre, mulch, paper-making and thatching [3].

Some caution is advised in its use as a mulch since oat straw can infest strawberries with stem and bulb eelworm. There are no medicinal uses listed for Avena byzantina. Propagation Seed – sow in situ in early spring or in the autumn.

Only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. Cultivation We have very little information on this species, but it should be possible to grow it as a spring-sown annual in Britain, and might also succeed as an autumn-sown crop.


A hexaploid species, one report says that it is possibly a sub-species of A. This species succeeds in saline soils [5]. It tolerates a pH in the range 5.

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The following notes avfna based on the general needs of the genus. Oats are in general easily grown plants but, especially when grown on a small scale, the seed is often completely eaten out by birds. Some sort of netting seems to be the best answer on a garden scale. Descendants Cultivars Varieties None listed. Full Byzantkna This table shows all the data stored for this plant. Tanaka’s Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World. The Maple Press ?

Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press ? Retrieved from ” https: Plant Species Avena Gramineae. About Practical Plants Practical Plants is a plant database designed for Permaculture enthusiasts, Forest GardenersHomesteaders, Farmers and anyone interested in organic horticulture. TinyMighty Website designed and developed by TinyMighty. Cernunnos This project is supported by the guys living at Cernunnos.

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