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Minor annual brome grasses

Gramineae Bromus sp.

Cheatgrass (Chess) B. secalinus L.
Downy brome (Bronco grass) B. tectorum L.
Japanese chess B. japonicus Thunb.
Hairy chess B. commutatus Schrad.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

These are all winter annual grasses that are widely distributed in pasture and range lands and may be troublesome weeds in grain fields. They are prolific seed producers and may become dominant in overgrazed perennial pastures. For a short period in spring they furnish good pasturage. None of these is seeded commercially.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch