Bromus catharticus var. elatus (Desv.) Planchuelo

Sida 22 (1): 556, 558 (2006) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Culms erect, to 100 cm high. Leaves glabrous to sparsely pubescent; blade loosely folded, to 35 cm long and 8(–14) mm wide, scabrous; ligule 2–5 mm long. Inflorescence a loose to somewhat contracted panicle to 20(–35) cm long. Spikelets 15–35 mm long, 4–7 mm wide (when fully expanded but prior to breaking up at maturity); lower glume 6–8 mm long, upper glume 7–10 mm long; lemma 15–35 mm long, including awn, scabrous along keel, sometimes sparsely appressed-pilose in apical part, otherwise glabrous; awn 5–10 mm long. Flowers Aug.–Dec.

*CVU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *HSF, *VVP. Apparently rather uncommon in Victoria, from scattered localities (Portland, Terang, Ararat,  Bendigo, Dandenong Ranges, Phillip Island). Also naturalised in N.S.W. and Tas. Native to South America.

Created by: Neville Walsh, 2015-07-14
Updated by: Neville Walsh, 2015-07-14
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Poaceae
genus Bromus
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Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Bromus catharticus var. elatus in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Bromus catharticus var. elatus in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised

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