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oats (Avena sativa; GRASS FAMILY [Poaceae]) Moderately sized (2) annual grass, with narrow or open, usually rather few-flowered panicles of rather large spikelets.  Spikelets 2-several flowered.  Flowers mid-summer.  Originally domesticated in S. Europe and the Middle East.  Cultivated (and escaped) throughout the temperate zones for use as food, fodder and straw.  [128]

 

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