Meadow brome

Bromus commutatus

Importance

Increasingly a problem in field margins. Most common in England, rare in Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

Description

Loosely tufted, slightly hairy annual or biennial 40-120 cm. Panicle is generally erect, eventually drooping to one side. Spikelets are oblong, many flowered and 1.8-2.8 cm long with short awns. 

Ligule

Meadow brome liguleShort to medium: 1-4 mm, membranous becoming torn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Auricles: Absent.

Leaf blade: Green, moderately hairy, finely pointed and rough. Rolled.Meadow brome 1


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Meadow brome ligule photoMeadow brome ligule. Photo © HGCA.
Meadow brome - matureMeadow brome flower heads.