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> Family: Poaceae
There are about five species worldwide
(Mediterranean, E Europe, central Asia) of which one is native to
southern Africa. Secale cereale (Rye) is a domesticated species originating
from E Turkey and Armenia that is cultivated to produce grain low in gluten and used in
rye bread, crispbreads, and some alcoholic spirits (e.g. some whiskeys made in the USA, gin
and some types of vodka).
Species native to southern Africa
of Southern Africa - an Online Checklist (SANBI).
Other species, cultivated in southern Africa
Secale cereale (Rye)
Native to south-western Asia.