Secale L.

First published in Sp. Pl.: 84 (1753)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is E. Central & E. Europe, Medit. to Xinjiang and W. Himalaya, S. Africa.


Doubtfully present in:

Saudi Arabia

Native to:

Afghanistan, Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cape Provinces, Central European Russia, East European Russia, Greece, Hungary, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Krym, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Morocco, North Caucasus, Pakistan, Romania, Sicilia, South European Russia, Spain, Tadzhikistan, Transcaucasus, Turkey, Turkey-in-Europe, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, West Himalaya, Xinjiang, Yugoslavia

Introduced into:

Alabama, Alaska, Alberta, Algeria, Amur, Arizona, Arkansas, Austria, Baltic States, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil South, British Columbia, California, Canary Is., China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czechoslovakia, District of Columbia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Florida, France, Georgia, Great Britain, Greenland, Gulf of Guinea Is., Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Inner Mongolia, Iowa, Ireland, Japan, Jawa, Kamchatka, Kansas, Kentucky, Khabarovsk, Korea, Louisiana, Maine, Manchuria, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Mongolia, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New South Wales, New York, New Zealand North, New Zealand South, Newfoundland, North Carolina, North Dakota, North European Russia, Northwest European Russia, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Palestine, Pennsylvania, Primorye, Prince Edward I., Québec, Rhode I., Saskatchewan, Saudi Arabia, South Australia, South Carolina, South Dakota, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tasmania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Victoria, Virginia, Washington, Western Australia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Yukon

Recorded in error in:



Homotypic Synonyms


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.


  • GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora

    • Clayton, W.D., Vorontsova, M.S., Harman, K.T. and Williamson, H. (2006 onwards). GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora.
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants.
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at and
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants.