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It is now agreed that Agropyron should be restricted to A. cristatum and its close relatives, i.e., the crested wheatgrasses. There is less agreement on how its members should be treated. The genus is native to Eurasia. The table below is based on Tsvelev's (1976) treatment, with additional information being taken from Yang (1987) and other sources. The listing is alphabetical.

1 A. badamense Drob. Agropyron desertorum aucto., non Schultes & Schultes Central Asia


A. cristatum (L.) Beauv.    
  A. cristatum subsp. baicalense Egor. & Sipl.   Eastern Siberia
  A. cristatum (L.) Beauv. subsp. cristatum Bromus cristatus L.; B. distichus Georgi; Triticum pumilum L.f.; Agropyron cristatum (L.) Beauv. Eastern Europe, Western Siberia, Eastern Siberia, Far East, Mongolia, China. Introduced in some other countries.
  A. cristatum subsp. kazachstanicum Tzvelev A. badamense auct., non Drob. Western Siberia, Central Asia
  A. cristatum subsp. pectinatum (Bieb.) Tzvelev Triticum pectinatum Bieb.; T. caucasicum Sprengel; T. imbricatum Bieb., non Lam.; Agropyron pectineforme Roemer & Schultes; A. imbricatum (Bieb.) Roemer & Schultes; T. muricatum Link; A. dagnae Grossh.; A. karataviense Pavl.; A. litvinovii Prokud.; A. cristatum var. pectiniforma (Roemer & Schultes) H.L. Yang Central and Eastern Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Asia minor, Iran, Caucasus, Eastern and Western Siberia, Central Asia, Mongolia; China. Introduced and adventive in many non-tropical regions.
  A. cristatum var. pluriforme H.L. Yang   China
  A. cristatum subsp. ponticum (Nevski) Tzvelev Agropyron ponticum Nevski  
  A. cristatum subsp. puberulum (Boissier ex Steudel) Tzvelev Triticum puberulum Boissier ex Steudel; Agropyron puberulum (Boissier ex Steudel) Grossh. Caucasus, Asia minor, Iran.
  A. cristatum subsp. sabulosum Lavr. Agropyron lavrenkoanum Prokud. Eastern Europe
  A. cristatum subsp. sclerophyllum (Novopokr.) Novopokr. Agropyron sclerophyllum Novopokr.; A. pinifolium Nevski; A. karadaghense Kotov; A. ponticum auct. Non Nevski Southern Crimea, western Caucasus
  A. cristatum subsp. tarbagataicum (Plotn.) Tzvelev A. tarbagataicum Plotn. Western Siberia, Central Asia


A. cimmericum Nevski Agropyron dasyanthum var. birjutczense Lavr.; Agropyron dasyanthum subsp. birjutczense (Lavr.) Lavr. Endemic to the Black Sea and Caucasus regions


A. dasyanthum Ledeb. Triticum dasyanthum (Ledeb.) Sprengel Eastern Europe, along the Dniepr and Molochnaya Rivers


A. desertorum (Fischer ex Link) Schultes Triticum desertorum Fischer ex Link; Agropyron sibiricum var. desertorum (Fischer ex Link) Boissier  
  A. desertorum (Fischer ex Link) Schultes var. desertorum Triticum desertorum Fischer ex Link; Agropyron sibiricum var. desertorum (Fischer ex Link) Boissier Eastern Europe, Caucasus. Western Siberia, Central Asia, Mongolia, China
  A. desertorum var. pilosiusculum Melderis   Mongolia, China


A. fragile (Roth) Candargy Triticum fragile Roth; T. sibiricum Willd.; Agropyron sibiricum (Willd.) Beauv.; T. variegatum Fischer ex Sprengel; A. variegatum (Fischer ex Sprengel) Roemer & Schultes; T. angustifolium Link; A. angustifolium (Link) Schultes; T. dasyphyllum Schrenk Eastern Europe, Caucasus; Western Siberia, Central Asia, Mongolia, China [as A. sibiricum in Yang (1987)]
  A. incanum (Nábĕlek) Tzvelev Agropyron cristatum var. incanum Nábĕlek Western Asia


A. krylovianum Schischk. Elytrigia kryloviana (Schischk.) Nevski Western Siberia, Eastern Siberia, Central Asia [possibly an Agropyron-Elytrigia hybrid, cf. Tsvelev 1976]


A. michnoi Roshevitz    
  A. michnoi Roshevitz subsp. michnoi   Eastern Siberia, Mongoli,a China
  A. michnoi subsp. nathaliae (Sipl.) Tzvelev Agropyron nathaliae Sipl. Endemic to eastern Siberia
  A. pectinatum (Bieb.) Beauv.    
  A. pectinatum var. daralaghezicum Tzvelev   Protologue: Leaves and culms densely but shortly pilose below the nodes.


A. pumilum Candargy Triticum pumilum Steudel, non L.; Endemic to the banks of the Enisei River, eastern Siberia


 A. tanaiticum Nevski   Eastern Europe, endemic to the Volga and Don river basins