Common name: Awnless Brome
Bromus inermis Leyss. APNI*
Description: Erect perennial to 1 m high, with a creeping rhizome; culms glabrous or rarely hairy below the nodes.
Leaves with sheath glabrous or rarely the lower pubescent; ligule 0.5–2 mm long; blade 5–10 mm wide, usually glabrous.
Panicle erect, spreading at maturity, 10–25 cm long, branches whorled or flexuous. Spikelets lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, 5–10-flowered, 15–30 cm long including awns. Glumes lanceolate, rounded at apex, lower 1-nerved, 4–8 mm long; upper 3-nerved, 6–9 mm long. Lemmas obtuse to acute, glabrous or pubescent on the nerves, 3–5-nerved, 8–12 mm long; awns subapical, to 3 mm long. Palea c. 80% the length of the lemma.
Distribution and occurrence: Grows in disturbed areas. Native of Eur.
NSW subdivisions: *NT, *ST, *NWS, *SWS, *NWP
Text by S. W. L. Jacobs & S. M. Hastings
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 4 (1993)
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