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Slender Soft-brome - Bromus lepidius

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Species Description

Stace 4:

Bromus lepidius Holmb. - Slender Soft-brome.

Culms erect, to 80cm; panicle compact, erect, with branches shorter than spikelets; lemmas (4.5)5.5-6.8 x 2-3.5mm, usually glabrous, with straight awn 2-5.5mm; 2n=28. Neophyte-naturalised; grassland, waysides and rough ground; scattered throughout British Isles, frequent in Central and Southern Britain; origin uncertain. The conspicuously bifid lemma with apical awn is diagnostic.


  • Awns more or less straight to slightly flexuous or curved at maturity, the apices of those of the more apical lemmas more or less parallel or even convergent
  • Lemma (4.5)5.5-6.8mm, bifid to 0.6-1.2mm with awn arising from base of cleft; caryopsis often longer than palea