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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

Seed - cooked[1]. 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. 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.

Unknown part

Material uses

The straw has a wide range of uses such as for bio-mass, fibre, mulch, paper-making and thatching[2]. Some caution is advised in its use as a mulch since oat straw can infest strawberries with stem and bulb eelworm.

Unknown part

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Avena sterilis.

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

Nothing listed.

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow in situ in early spring or in the autumn. Only just cover the seed. Germination should take place within 2 weeks.

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Cultivation

Succeeds in any moderately fertile soil in full sun[3]. Tolerates a pH in the range 4.5 to 8.

Occasionally cultivated for its edible seed, the yields are lower than those of A. sativa[1]. It is probably a parent of the cultivated species of oats[4]. This species could be of value in any breeding programme for the cultivated oats (A. sativa) where it could confer disease resistance and higher yields.

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.

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Avena sterilis.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Avena sterilis
Genus
Avena
Family
Gramineae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
no shade
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
None listed.
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
?
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
1 x meters
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type











References

  1. ? 1.01.11.2 Schery. R. W. Plants for Man. ()
  2. ? 2.02.1 Hill. A. F. Economic Botany. The Maple Press (1952-00-00)
  3. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
  4. ? Brouk. B. Plants Consumed by Man. Academic Press ISBN 0-12-136450-x (1975-00-00)
  5. ? ? Flora Europaea Cambridge University Press (1964-00-00)


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Article is incompleteYes +
Article requires citationsNo +
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Belongs to familyGramineae +
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Has binomial nameAvena sterilis +
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Has drought toleranceTolerant +
Has edible partUnknown part + and Seed +
Has edible useCoffee + and Unknown use +
Has environmental toleranceDrought +
Has fertility typeWind +
Has flowers of typeHermaphrodite +
Has hardiness zone5 +
Has lifecycle typeAnnual +
Has material partUnknown part +
Has material useFibre +, Mulch +, Paper + and Thatching +
Has mature height1 +
Has search nameavena sterilis + and sterile oats +
Has shade toleranceNo shade +
Has soil ph preferenceVery acid +, Acid +, Neutral +, Alkaline + and Very alkaline +
Has soil texture preferenceSandy +, Loamy +, Clay + and Heavy clay +
Has soil water retention preferenceWell drained +
Has sun preferenceFull sun +
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Has water requirementsmoderate +
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PFAF cultivation notes migratedNo +
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Tolerates nutritionally poor soilNo +
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