Seeding stem. Photo: Keir Morse, California, USA

Flowering stem. Photo: Keir Morse, California, USA

Seeding plant. Photo: Forest and Kim Starr, Hawaii, USA

Common Name

Great Brome, Jabbers, Kingston Grass, Ripgut, Ripgut Brome




Introduced annual grass 30cm to 1.5m tall.  Leaves with a hairy sheath at the base. Ligule a membrane without a fringe of hairs. Leaves flat, 4-25cm long, 2-10mm wide, hairy, rough. Spikelets initially purplish, later yellow-green to straw-coloured, 20-60mm long excluding the awnsInflorescence spreading or cylindrical. Seeds with one long awn, in groups of 5-8. 

Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales pages 68-69

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