|oats (Avena spp.)||
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. 
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