Brome- Bromus inermis
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This is a medium-tall grass species that has stalks that reach 4-10 dm
tall with glabrous culms, sheaths and blades. Leaf blades are flat and
from 9-30 cm long. The inflorescence is an open panicle 12-20 cm long
with whorled branches and 4-10 flowered spikelets, each 2-2.5 cm long.
The spikelets are often tinged with a bronze to purple.
In the northern states, such as Montana, this gras is one of the most
abundant grasses that can be found alongside the road.
There are about 100 different species of bromes
in the genus Bromus. The genus is generally a northern hemisphere,
temperate taxon. Smooth Brome is not found abundantly in the Southern
US because it can not easily withstand the hot summers.
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For more information on this plant or management please contact US Army Corp of Engineers