Smooth Brome - Bromus racemosus


    Very similar to Meadow Brome and a specimen needs to be examined by an expert to be sure of a correct identification.

    Similar Species

    other Bromus

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

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


    Unimproved hay and water meadows, usually on damp, periodically flooded alluvial soils. It is most frequent on the drier margins of fields, sometimes growing on the dredgings from the ditches bordering them. It is also found as a grass-seed casual in arable margins and on verges.

    When to see it

    Flowering May to July.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but local in Britain and declining.

    VC55 Status

    Infrequent and local in Leicestershire and Rutland – mainly in the Soar valley. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 11 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map