E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Bromus racemosus L.
bald brome (smooth brome)
Poaceae (Grass family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Annual grass from fibrous roots; stems erect or ascending, 20-110 cm tall.
Lower sheaths densely soft-hairy, the hairs often directed downwards, the upper sheaths smooth to hairy; blades soft-hairy on both sides, 1.5-4 mm wide, flat; ear-shaped lobes lacking at the leaf-bases; ligules smooth or hairy, jagged, 1-2 mm long.
Inflorescence an erect, narrow panicle, 4-16 cm long, the branches slender, ascending; spikelets 5- to 7- (9-) flowered, slightly compressed, 10-20 mm long; florets mostly small, closed, self-fertilizing; spikelet stalks usually shorter than the spikelets; glumes lanceolate, smooth to rough, prominently nerved, the lower ones (3) 5-nerved, 4-6 mm long, the upper ones 7-nerved, 4-7 mm long; lemmas rough, distinctly but not prominently 7- (9-) nerved, smooth on the backs, rough on the margins, somewhat compressed from top to bottom, 6.5-8 mm long, the tips rounded, bidentate, awned, the awns 5-9 mm long; anthers 1.5-3 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry disturbed sites and waste places in the lowland, steppe and montane zones; rare in S BC; introduced from Eurasia.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


Ecological Framework for Bromus racemosus

The table below shows the species-specific information calculated from
original data (BEC database) provided by the BC Ministry of Forests and Range.
(Updated August, 2013)

Site Information
Value / Class




Elevation (metres) 335 656 914
Slope Gradient (%) 0 11 24
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
112 190 293
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
Modal Nutrient Regime
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(15), IDF(1)


The climate type for this species, as reported in the: "British Columbia plant species codes and selected attributes. Version 6 Database" (Meidinger et al. 2008), is not evaluated, unknown or variable.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Bromus commutatus var. apricorum Simonkai
Bromus popovii Drobow

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