How to Manage Pests
Identification: Weed Photo Gallery
Scientific name: Bromus spp. (Family Poaceae)
Bromegrasses consist of a large group of species including both perennial and annual grasses. Some are valuable as forage and others are important weeds. The photos here show Bromus hordeaceous, soft brome, also called soft chess and ripgut brome, B. diandrus. Soft brome is a widely distributed annual at low elevation areas in California, especially in open, disturbed sites. Ripgut brome is a cool season annual grass. Although found throughout California, it is most abundant in the central and southern parts of the state. Other common bromegrasses found in California agricultural situations include rescuegrass, B. catharticus, and downy brome, B. tectorum.
Most species have membranous ligules but no auricles.
Soft brome plants are distinguished by dense soft hairs on the sheath.
Most species have long spikelets with needlelike awns.
Related species/Similar looking plants