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Mingus Mtn
Sue Smith
Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Bromus ciliatus - fringed brome

Synonyms: Bromopsis canadensis, Bromopsis ciliata, Bromus canadensis

Plant Form:Grass

Family: Poaceae

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Mingus Mtn Sue Smith
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Mingus Mtn Sue Smith
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Mingus Mtn Sue Smith
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Mingus Mtn Sue Smith
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Mingus Mtn Sue Smith
  Grass Description -   Glossary of Grass Terminology

Origin: Native    Season: Warm
Habitat Description: Grows in damp meadows, thickets, woods, stream banks and forested areas.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest, Riparian
Elevation: 6000 - 10000 feet

Similar Species: Bromus anomalus

General Description

Desc: An erect, slender perennial bunchgrass with a well-developed root system. Stems are usually 1-1/2 to 3 feet tall. Seedheads nodding, spikelets compressed and multiple flowered.
Identification notes: Tufted perennial with slender stems. Sheath hairy at collar. Leaves wide and flat, hairy on top. Ligule membranous. Seedhead open and nodding, spikelets laterally compressed; 4 to 9 florets. Glumes unequal. Lemmas hairy on margins. Awns 3 to 5 mm long.
Grass Type: Perennial bunchgrass  Rhizomes: N  Stolons: N
Large Dense Clump (> 2 feet): N  Bushy (highly branched): N
Height with Seedheads: 24 to 36 inches
Seedhead Structure: Branched - open and spreading  Seedhead Droops: Y
Flowering Period: Jul - Oct

Flower Characteristics

Number of Flowers per Spikelet: Multi-flowered  Spikelets One-sided: N
Awns: Less than 1/4 inch   Three Awns: N  Awns Bent: N

Flower and Seedhead Notes: Seedhead is narrowly elongate, 3 to 7 inches long with branches spreading, ascending or nodding. Spikelets are strongly laterally compressed with 4 to 9 florets. Glumes are smooth and unequal. Lemmas hairy on the lower 1/2 to 2/3. Awns 1/8 to 1/4 inch.

Vegetative Characteristics

Blade Hairy: Y  Blade with White Margin: N  Blade Cross Section: Flat  
Blade Notes: Leaves are flat, <1/2 inch wide and 6 to 10 inches long. Leaves are bright green with smooth under surfaces and hairy upper surfaces.
Sheath Hairy: Y  Tuft of Hairs Top of Sheath or Collar: Y  Ligules: Membranous
Auricles (Ear-like lobes at base of blades): N
Vegetative Notes: Basal sheaths have downward pointing hairs, upper sheaths are smooth with hairs at the throat. Ligules are <1/16 inch, membranous, truncated with eroded edges.

Forage Value: Fringed brome is a good source of forage and is highly palatable for livestock and wildlife.

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