Friday, April 26, 2013

Oats (Avena species)

Below is Avena sativa - the most commonly cultivated oat species (and it also grows wild). Note the distinctive flower clusters, each flower looking a bit like an elongated pacman. This is typical of the many species of oat that you'll find growing wild around New Zealand.

By Andreas Trepte (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

This one is Avena fatua - a particularly common wild-growing oat around New Zealand:

By Miwasatoshi (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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