Seeding stems. Photo: JC Schou, Hobro, Denmark

Plant. Photo: Forest & Kim Starr, Hawaii

Seeds. USDA Plants Database, photographer Steve Hurst

Line drawings. Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950. Manual of the grasses of the United States.

Common Name

Drooping Brome, Downy Brome




Introduced annual grass to 60cm tall. Leaves with a hairy sheath at the base, ligule a lacerated membrane without a fringe of hairs. Leaf blades flat, 2-16cm long, 1.5-4mm wide, hairy, finely pointed. Spikelets nodding, 10-25mm long. Seeds with 1 awn, in groups of 1-8. Inflorescence green or purplish, an open or tight panicle at the tops of the flowering stems.

Description in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales pages 70-71

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