Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3036

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Annual

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

Rare in NC

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:

Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Spikelets brownish at maturity
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Spikelets brownish at maturity
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 sterilis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Bromus sterilis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-14-002:
Bromus sterilis   FAMILY Poaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Poverty Brome, Barren Brome, Cheatgrass


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picture of Bromus sterilis, image of Bromus sterilis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_brst2_001_lvd

        

picture of Bromus sterilis, image of Bromus sterilis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_brst2_002_lhd

        

picture of Bromus sterilis, image of Bromus sterilis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_bromus_sterilis_17

May    Iredell County    NC

Panicle 10-20cm long, the branches drooping, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

picture of Bromus sterilis, image of Bromus sterilis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_bromus_sterilis_18

May    Iredell County    NC

picture of Bromus sterilis, image of Bromus sterilis

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_bromus_sterilis_20c

May    Iredell County    NC

Spikelets 2.5-3.5cm long, 6-10 flowered; lemma awn 2-3cm long, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

picture of Bromus sterilis, image of Bromus sterilis

Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org     bug_5387176

Month Unknown        

picture of Bromus sterilis, image of Bromus sterilis

Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org     bug_5387177

Month Unknown        

Leaf sheath pubescent; blade soft, 5-20cm x 4-10mm, pubescent; ligule 2-4mm, per Flora of China.

picture of Bromus sterilis, image of Bromus sterilis

Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org    bug_5398496

Month Unknown        Hungary

Panicle lax, open, nodding; branches spreading, up to 10cm, per Flora of North America.

picture of Bromus sterilis, image of Bromus sterilis

Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org    bug_5398560

Month Unknown        Hungary

picture of Bromus sterilis, image of Bromus sterilis

Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org    bug_5398583

Month Unknown        Hungary

picture of Bromus sterilis, image of Bromus sterilis

Robert Vidéki, Doronicum Kft., Bugwood.org    bug_5398583b

Month Unknown        

Lemma awns 15-30mm, as long as or longer than lemma body, slender, straight, per Flora of North America.