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

Hordeum brachyantherum Nevski subsp. brachyantherum
meadow barley
Poaceae (Grass family)

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Species Information

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Perennial, tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems (20) 40-80 (100) cm tall.
Sheaths open, smooth to finely more or less appressed-hairy or spreading hairy; blades smooth to finely more or less appressed-hairy or spreading hairy, 2-6 (9) mm wide; ear-shaped lobes at the leaf-bases lacking; ligules more or less fringed with fine hairs, barely 0.5 mm long.
Inflorescence an erect spike, 5-10 cm long, longer than wide; central spikelets unstalked, the lateral ones short-stalked, the stalks curved, stiff-hairy, about 1 mm long; glumes all slender, awnlike, 7-12 (20) mm long; central florets usually with awns exceeding the glumes, the lateral florets mostly sterile, often awnlike, but sometimes with all male flowers; lemma awns 5-10 (20) mm long; anthers 1-1.5 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Tidal marshes and moist to mesic saline meadows, sandy beaches and rocky bluffs in the lowland zone and mesic meadows and forest openings in the montane zone; common in coastal BC, infrequent elsewhere in BC north to 55 degrees N; N to AK and YT, E to SK and disjunctly E to NF and S to ME, NH, PA, IN, TX, NM, AZ and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia


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

Critesion brachyantherum (Nevski) Barkworth & D.R. Dewey
Critesion jubatum subsp. breviaristatum (Bowden) A.& D. L÷ve
Hordeum boreale Scribn. & J.G. Sm.
Hordeum jubatum subsp. breviaristatum Bowden
Hordeum jubatum var. boreale (Scribn. & J.G. Sm.) Boivin
Hordeum jubatum var. breviaristatum
Hordeum nodosum L. p.p.
Hordeum nodosum var. boreale (Scribn. & J.G. Sm.) A.S. Hitchc.

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