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

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

Introduction to Vascular Plants

© Adolf Ceska  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #21263)

E-Flora BC Static Map
Distribution of Vulpia bromoides
Click here to view our interactive map and legend
Details about map content are available here
Click on the map dots to view record details.

Species Information

Click on the image below to view an expanded illustration for this species.

Annual, loosely tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems sometimes solitary, erect (sometimes bent or angled at the lower nodes), 5-30 (55) cm tall.
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.
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


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




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
Number of field plots
 species was recorded in:
Modal BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in: BG(10), CDF(37), CWH(3), PP(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 dertonensis All.
Festuca bromoides L.
Festuca dertonensis (All.) Asch. & Graebn.
Vulpia dertonensis (All.) Gola

Taxonomic and Nomenclatural Links

Additional Photo Sources

General References