Linnaea 10: 303 (1835) APNI
Tufted annual, culms erect, to 90 cm high. Leaves (at least the lower) softly hairy; lower sheath densely pubescent with retrorse hairs; blade flat or slightly folded, to 25 cm long and 12 mm wide, scabrous; ligule glabrous, truncate, 1–4 mm long. Inflorescence a loose panicle, to 25 cm long, branches usually remaining more or less erect. Spikelets rather loose, 4–9-flowered, oblong, 15–28 mm long; lower glume 5–7-nerved, 3.5–8 mm long, upper glume 7–9-nerved, 5.5–10 mm long, both glumes with velvety hairs; lemma 8.5–12 mm long, keeled, densely covered with short semi-appressed hairs; awn 3–8.5 mm long, hairy at base. Flowers mainly Dec.–Jan.
*CVU, *GipP, *Gold, *HNF, *HSF, *NIS, *Strz, *VRiv, *VVP. Also naturalised in Tas. Native to central and southern America. Apparently uncommon in Victoria but possibly overlooked due to its similarity to the very widespread Bromus catharticus. Most collections are from domestic gardens near Melbourne.
Synonymy follows Matthei (1986).
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||naturalised|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|