Hairy-brome - Bromopsis ramosa

    Alternative names
    Hairy Brome

    Tufted and erect to 150 cm tall. With broad (6 to 16 mm) drooping, hairy leaves. Stems are erect and hairy, bearing loose, nodding panicles 15 to 40 cm long, their drooping branches arising in pairs each bearing 5 to 9 spikelets which are 20 to 40 mm long, linear and compressed.

    Similar Species

    Schedonorus (Festuca) gigantea and Brachypodium sylvaticum are superficially similar plants that grow in woodlands and shaded places

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Leaf-sheaths have pointed auricles; lower sheaths with long soft down-pointed hairs; panicle with pendent branches when mature

    Recording advice

    Photograph all the plant, including leaf-sheaths and panicle - it can't be verified from a picture of the flowers alone


    Woods and shaded places on richer soils.

    When to see it

    July and August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Common nationally, particularly in the south and east of England, less common in the north and west.

    VC55 Status

    Common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 421 of the 617 tetrads.

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