Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1962

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Annual

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Mountains & GA Piedmont, rare in GA Mtns & GA Coastal Plain)

Look for it in disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain reddish
Grain

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Bromus secalinus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Bromus secalinus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-14-008:
Bromus secalinus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Bromus secalinus

 

COMMON NAME:
Cheat, Common Chess, Ryebrome


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picture of Bromus secalinus, image of Bromus secalinus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_brse_001_lvd

        

picture of Bromus secalinus, image of Bromus secalinus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_brse_002_lvd

        

picture of Bromus secalinus, image of Bromus secalinus

Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5436757

Month Unknown        

Leaf sheath usually glabrous; blade 5-15cm x 3-6mm, pubescent; ligule 1-2mm, per Flora of China.

picture of Bromus secalinus, image of Bromus secalinus

Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5436759

Month Unknown        

Some used to believe that wheat could change into chess or "cheat", per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

picture of Bromus secalinus, image of Bromus secalinus

Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5436761

Month Unknown