Page authors: David Giblin, Don Knoke
Bromus sitchensis var. carinatus
California brome
WTU specimens
Other herbaria

Distribution: British Columbia south to Mexico, east to Rocky Mountains.

Habitat: Grasslands, meadows, and forest openings from sea level to subalpine.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Description:
General:

Perennial, the culms 3-10 dm. tall, glabrous to pubescent.

Leaves:

Sheaths closed, usually pubescent; auricles tiny, if any; ligules 1-3 mm. long; blades nearly flat, glabrous or pubescent, 3-12 mm. broad.

Flowers:

Inflorescence a narrow panicle 10-25 cm. long, the branches usually ascending; spikelets 2-3 cm. long, strongly compressed, 5- to 10-flowered; glumes lanceolate-acuminate, keeled, the first 5-9 mm. long, the second nearly twice as long; lemmas keeled, shallowly bifid at the tip, with a straight awn 3-15 mm. long.

Fruits:

Utricle

Accepted Name:
Bromus sitchensis Trin. var. carinatus (Hook. & Arn.) R.E. Brainerd & Otting

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Bromus carinatus Hook. & Arn. [HC]
Bromus carinatus Hook. & Arn. var. californicus Shear
Bromus carinatus Hook. & Arn. var. carinatus [HC]
Bromus carinatus Hook. & Arn. var. hookerianus (Thurb.) Shear
Ceratochloa carinata (Hook. & Arn.) Tutin
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Bromus sitchensis var. carinatus in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Bromus sitchensis var. carinatus checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Bromus sitchensis var. carinatus atlas page.

CalPhotos: Bromus sitchensis var. carinatus photos.

USDA Plants: Bromus sitchensis var. carinatus information.

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