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CWR plant of the month

The Awnless Brome is a grass that you might not notice at first, but once you do, the burgundy or violet colour and the cigar-shaped small spikes are fairly easy to recognize. The small spikes lacks bristles (they are “unarmed” - "inermis") or they are very short. Furthermore, the spikes have glumes with a broad, light border that contrasts with the reddish-brown. The Awnless Brome is perennial and disperses easily by underground runners. The name Bromus comes, like so many other plant names, from the Greek βρῶμος which means "corn".

Further reading on CWR project website