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Secale

Secale (rye; family Gramineae) A genus of grasses that were cultivated in ancient times and that are now grown on land that is unsuitable for growing wheat, the preferred crop. Domesticated rye (S. cereale) is probably descended from S. montanum, a weed of wheat and barley, which is native to eastern Turkey. There are 3 species, native to Eurasia.

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