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Fringed Brome Grass

Fringed Brome GrassBromus ciliatus L.

Fringed Brome-grass, one of the native species, is most frequently found in low grounds, where meadow and woodland meet in, a debatable border of half thicket, half marsh, as the meadow grasses give place to sedges and a few stragglers from the thickets advance toward more open country.

The stems of Fringed Brome-grass are stout and leafy, usually rising in groups which are very noticeable above a lower growth of plants.

The panicles are large and are composed of slender, branches bearing silky, short-awned spikelets.

Fringed Brome-grass. Swamp Chess. Bromus ciliatus L.


Stem 2-4 ft. tall, erect, usually stout and leafy. Sheaths closed, split near top, frequently down. Ligule very short. Leaves 5'-12' long, 2"-6" wide, flat, roughish, usually downy on upper surface, dull or pale green.

Panicle 4'-10' long, branches slender, widely spreading or drooping, lower branches 2'-5' long. Spikelets 5-8-flowered, about 1' long, green. Outer scales acute, unequal, rough on keels; flowering scales 4"-6" long, obtuse or acute, downy near margins, 2-toothed at apex and bearing a short, straight awn 2"-4" long; palets slightly shorter than flowering scales. Stamens 3.

Damp soil in open woods and borders of thickets. June to August.

Newfoundland to New Jersey, west to Manitoba and Minnesota.

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