Rye brome

Bromus secalinus


Increasingly an arable problem spreading from field margins. Mainly in eastern England.


Annual or biennial 20-120 cm, loosely tufted or solitary. Flower head is an erect panicle, which droops or nods later. Spikelets are oval, many flowered and 1.2-2.4 cm long with short awns.


Rye brome LiguleShort: 1 - 2 mm. Toothed










Auricles: Absent.

Leaf blade: Green, rough and loosely hairy. It is also long, pointed, and twisted.

Rye brome 1
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Rye brome - youngRye brome - young plant
Rye brome - matureRye brome flower heads