Scale bar is 1cm
Great Brome -introduced (*Bromus diandrus)
Native to the Mediterranean region and the Middle East. Annual. C3.
Family. Poaceae (Grass family).
Other names: Jabbers, Ripgut Brome.
- it is a tall grass to about a metre
- the flower cluster is open and loose
- the glumes are shorter than the lemma bodies
- the spikelets usually have 6-8 lemmas
- the lemmas have long awns
- the leaves are flat
- the ligule is to 4mm, bcoming torn
- the flower stalks are slender, and the flowers tend to hang downwards
- the lemmas are rounded on the back
- the first glume has only one vein
- as in other bromes, the leaf-sheaths are fused to form a cylinder
Great Brome is a very common weed, usually growing with other weeds in disturbed places. It is an environmental weed.
The long awns give the grass a distinctive appearance; the awns are about twice as long as the rest of the spiklets.
Bromus: a kind of oat; diandrus: with two stamens.
1-3. Open flower clusters. Castlemaine.