Smooth Brome
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Smooth Brome
ative Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Smooth Brome
Botanical name: Bromus inermis    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)
Synonyms: Bromus glabrescens, Bromus latifolius, Poa bromoides

Smooth Brome is perennial grass, 2.5-3.5 ft tall and usually unbranched. The stems are dull green, hairless or slightly pubescent, and round. The blades of the alternate leaves are up to 10 inches long and 1.6 cm wide. They are greyish blue on the upper side, green on the lower side, hairless, and flat. The leaf blades are ascending to spreading and somewhat floppy in habit. The leaf sheaths are greyish blue, hairless, and closed, although they usually split open near the ligules. Each stem terminates in a panicle of floral spikelets up to 8 inches long; the entire panicle has a tendency to lean sideways or droop from the weight of the spikelets. The branchlets of this panicle are ascending to spreading during the period of bloom, otherwise they are more erect and contracted. Smooth Brome is found in W & C Asia, Europe, North America. In India it is found in Kashmir at altitudes of 1000-3500 m.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Srinagar, Kashmir.
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