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ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Cheatgrass, downy brome, downy chess, drooping brome • Nepali: जुके Juke
Botanical name: Bromus tectorum    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

Cheatgrass is an annual grass usually less than 60 cm tall, usually with 4 to 4 nodes. Leaf blades are up to 20 cm long, 2-4 mm broad, velvet-hairy. Sheaths pubescent; spikelets narrowly wedge-shaped, 15-35 mm long, in a spreading panicle bearing 3-5 branches at each node; florets 4-8; lower glume 8-15 mm long, upper 11-17 mm long; lemmas linear, 10-20 mm long, barely 1-1.5 mm in side view, margin hyaline, gaping in mature spikelets; awn 12-40 mm long. Cheatgrass in Africa, Asia and Europe. In India it is found in the Western Himalayas at altitudes up to 4100 m. Flowering: March-May.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Kashmir.
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