Ontario Weeds: Downy brome
Excerpt from Publication 505, Ontario Weeds,
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Name: Downy brome, Bromus tectorum
Downy brome. A. Plants. B. Leaf-bse. C. Spiket with 2 developed florets.
Stem and leaf-base characteristics of a typical grass.
Stems & Roots: Stems 20-60cm (8-24in.)
tall and slender, but may be only 5cm (2in.) in dry gravelly situations;
stems, leaves and leaf sheaths densely and softly hairy; leaf sheaths
of lower leaves closed (margins united) nearly to the top, middle
and upper leaf sheaths progressively more split with margins separate
or overlapping; ligule membranous, 3mm (1/8in.) long, its margin
frequently lacerated or irregularly torn; no auricles; panicle 7-20cm
(3-8in. ) long with many soft, slender, drooping to partly erect
branches; spikelets, including awns 2-4cm (4/5-1-3/5in.) long, and
having 2 to 7 florets ("seeds").
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