Bromus inermis Leyss.

Fl. Halens. 16 (1761) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Extinct

Establishment means:Introduced

Shortly rhizomatous perennial, culms erect, to c. 80(–120) cm high. Leaves glabrous; blade flat or loosely folded, to 20 cm long and 8(–13) mm wide, lightly scabrous; ligule glabrous, truncate, c. 1 mm long. Inflorescence narrowly ovate, to c. 20 cm long, branches initially sub-erect, the primary branches eventually spreading. Spikelets 5–8-flowered, oblong, 15–30 mm long; lower glume 1-nerved, 4–8 mm long, upper glume 3-nerved, 6–11 mm long; lemma 8–12 mm long, excluding awn (if present), rounded or almost flattened dorsally, scabrous along nerves, shallowly notched at apex, usually with a fine awn to 3 mm long inserted in the notch. Flowers Nov. (1 record).

Naturalised in NSW. Formerly grown as a pasture crop, but not collected since 1957 (Korumburra) and considered extinct, if ever truly naturalised, in Victoria. A native of eastern to central Europe.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2016-01-28
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2017-12-18
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Bromus
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Bromus inermis in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bromus inermis in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Gippsland Plain extinct introduced
Goldfields extinct introduced
Northern Inland Slopes extinct cultivated
Strzelecki Ranges extinct introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
Western Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory