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

Vulpia bromoides (L.) Gray
barren fescue (brome fescue)
Poaceae (Grass family)

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Species Information

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General:
Annual, loosely tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems sometimes solitary, erect (sometimes bent or angled at the lower nodes), 5-30 (55) cm tall.
Leaves:
Sheaths smooth or short-hairy; blades usually in-rolled (sometimes flat), smooth or short-hairy, up to 1.5 mm wide; ligules 0.2-0.6 mm long.
Flowers:
Inflorescence an erect panicle, 2-8 (15) cm long, contracted when mature, the lower branches (and spikelet stalks) erect or appressed; spikelets 5-10 mm long (excluding the awns), (3-) 4- to 6- (8-) flowered, the florets loosely overlapping; glumes smooth, the lower glumes 1-nerved, 3.5-5 (7) mm long, the upper glumes 3-nerved, 4.5-7 (8) mm long; lemmas smooth or short-hairy, lanceolate, 5.5-7.5 (8) mm long, the terminal awns (3) 5-12 (15) mm long; rachilla internodes about 1 mm long; anthers usually 1 (rarely 2 or 3), 0.3-0.5 (2) mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry outcrops, bluffs, open forests, roadsides and disturbed areas in the lowland zone; common in SW BC, rare in SC BC; introduced from Europe, W Asia and N Africa.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Ecology

Ecological Framework for Vulpia bromoides

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

Minimum

Average

Maximum

Elevation (metres) 1 180 869
Slope Gradient (%) 0 34 105
Aspect (degrees)
[0 - N; 90 - E; 180 - S; 270 - W]
23 176 360
Soil Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
0 1 6
Modal Nutrient Regime
Class
C
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
92
Modal BEC Zone Class
CDF
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(10), CDF(37), CWH(3), PP(1)

Climate

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 dertonensis All.
Festuca bromoides L.
Festuca dertonensis (All.) Asch. & Graebn.
Vulpia dertonensis (All.) Gola

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