Common Soft-brome - Bromus hordeaceus subsp. hordeaceus

    Alternative names

    Soft grass reaching 15 to 80 cm in height, leaves flat, the panicle is erect, 5 to 10 cm long, usually with many ovoid-conical tapering spikelets 10 to 25 mm long, usually very hairy on stalks, some of which are shorter than their spikelets, veined.  A very variable grass

    Similar Species

    other Bromus.  This is a difficult genus.  Species can vary considerably in size and habit depending on environmental conditions

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    The panicle is branched. Each branch bears only one or two rounded spikelets. Each spikelet is longer than its stalk (peduncle) with three or more florets clearly projecting beyond the glumes. The spikelets are awned.

    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Roadsides, dry grassland, waste ground.

    When to see it

    June to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common throughout Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 323 of the 617 tetrads.

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