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SMOOTH BROME

Bromus racemosus

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6th June 2015, near Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
To fit in the cameras viewfinder your Author slanted the camera, the spikelets are in the top left-hand corner. The culms are bolt-erect and grow up to 1m high.


6th June 2015, near Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Stace 4 says that it is very rarely hairy; usually it is bereft of hairs. Howver, this specimen does seem to have hairs, abeit short (and possibly smooth to the feel?)...


6th June 2015, near Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Has many branches which are longer than the spikelets (apart from those at the bottom, there are several here).


6th June 2015, near Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
The awns (the long hairs at the tip) are supposed to be straight. It is possibly a month too early in the season for these specimens to have grown more and opened up a bit in order to comply more with the botanical key(?)


6th June 2015, near Aughton, Ormskirk, Lancs. Photo: © RWD
Stems arising.


Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Dried spikelets looking a bit like fountain-pen nibs.


Photo: (CC by 2.0) Geoff Toone
Stem and ligule.


Not to be semantically confused with Broom (Cytisus scoparius) a bushy and much taller plant with yellow flowers.


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SMOOTH BROME

Bromus racemosus

Grasses Family [Poaceae]