Scientific name: Secale cereal L.

Local name: Rai






Taxonomic position (according to Cronquist, 1981)

Class: Liliopsida
Subclass: Commelinidae
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Secale

Botanical Description of Rye

Habit: Annual herb

Root: Fibrous root system

Stem: Culm composed of node and internode, is tall, erect, slender,glabrous.

Leaf: Sessile, simple, alternate, composed of leaf sheath and leaf blade.

Inflorescence: Spike, which contains up to 50 spikelets.


Flower: The spikelets have two florets

Androecium: Stamen three

Gynoecium: Carpel one, stigma feathery and bilobed.

Fruit: Caryopsis

Chromosome nuber: 2n=14

Economic Importance: Rye grain is used as a food for humans, but on a worldwide scale it is more important as animal feed. The grain is processed into bread, cakes, crackers etc.

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