Scientific NameBromus sterilis
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Poverty brome is an upright annual that can reach up to 3 feet tall.
Leaves of poverty brome are glabrous on both sides of the leaf and the leaf width is 2-4mm. The ligule is a large membrane which can be up to 2.5 mm tall.
Poverty brome can be recognized by the lack of hairs on the leaf and long awns on the seedhead.
Flower Seed Head
The seedhead of poverty brome is a panicle, approximately 4-8 inches tall. The spikelets usually have 5-7 flowers each and are up to 2 inches long, including the awn.
The seed of poverty brome is a caryopsis, a dry grain. The coverings of the seed are without hairs.
Poverty brome is mainly a weed of disturbed habitats and can be found in meadows and pastures.
Leaf Hair on Upper Surface
hairs from base to tip
rolled in bud
Mature Leaf Width
less than 5 mm
flat or oval