Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Northeast Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Bromus latiglumis (Shear) Hitchc.
- Family: Grass (Gramineae)
- Flowering: August-September
- Field Marks: This perennial brome differs from others by the leaf sheaths that have ear-like
lobes, are densely hairy at the top, and cover all the nodes on the stem.
- Habitat: Rich woods.
- Habit: Perennial herb from thickened rootstocks.
- Stems: Upright, usually branched, smooth, up to 6 feet tall.
- Leaves: Elongated, ascending, smooth or hairy, usually prolonged into ear-like lobes at the base of
the blade, and a hairy ring at the top, with a white midvein, up to 3/4 inch wide; sheaths covering all
- Flowers: Arranged in spikelets, with many spikelets in a loose panicle up to 1 foot long, most of the
branches paired, the lowest often drooping.
- Spikelets: 3- to 8-flowered, lanceolate to elliptic, up to 1 2/3 inches long, up to 1/2 inch wide; glumes
smooth or hairy; lemmas 5- to 7-nerved, usually silky-hairy, with an awn up to 1/3 inch long.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Fruits: Grains ellipsoid, smooth.
- Notes: Gleason and Cronquist call this plant B. altissimus in the Poaceae.
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