Ripgut Brome

Ripgut Brome

Bromus diandrus

Scientific name

Bromus diandrus is a species of grass known by the common names great brome and ripgut brome.

This is a brome grass which is native to the Mediterranean but has been introduced to much of the rest of the world. It does best in areas with a Mediterranean climate, such as California and parts of southern Australia, but it is quite tolerant of many climates. Ripgut brome is a winter annual which grows throughout winter and spring and matures in the summer.

This brome grass is a troublesome weed in cereal crops and natural pasture lands. The life cycle of Bromus diandrus helps it to grow in wheat fields in which it can grow for most of the season without being noticed. Once the grass starts flowering, the open panicle seed head shows the infestation.

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Image credit: ©2001 Steven Thorsted

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

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