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Barley

Scientific Name
Hordeum vulgare
Scientific Author
(Linnaeus, 1753)
Taxonomy
(Magnoliophyta: Liliopsida: Cyperales: Poaceae)
Reliability
High
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Seed Project
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Clare McLellan Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes
Pictured: Seed(s)

Description

Seed Colour: Brown light

Seed Length: 7 -10mm

Seed Sculpture: Wave - like plicae, Divided with central groove

Seed Shape: Oblong

Barley and wheat seeds look quite similar and can be difficult to differentiate visually. Barley seed has a golden coloured husk. It is boat-shaped with a groove down the centre of one side. The seed is slightly flattened longitudinally on the back making it flatter than a wheat seed. Barley seed is bigger than wheat seed but when the husk is removed ie. pearled barley, it more closely resembles wheat seed.

Different forms: Whole seeds; pearled barley ie. dehulled and polished; malted barley ie. sprouted and roasted; malt extract; barley flour (by-product of pearling barley).
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Author
Ken Walker and Clare McLellan
Created
05/09/2011 03:40 AEST
Last Updated
15/01/2013 10:42 AEST
Citation
Ken Walker and Clare McLellan (2011) Barley (Hordeum vulgare) Updated on 1/15/2013 10:42:20 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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