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Hordeum brachyantherum
meadow barley

Distribution: Alaska south to California, east to Montana and Colorado.

Habitat: Ocean beaches to mountain meadows,usually where moist, but also from dry sagebrush desert to rocky ridges.

Flowers: June - August

Origin: Native

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Tufted perennial, the culms 4-8 dm. tall.


Sheaths open, glabrous to finely pubescent; auricles none; ligules 0.5 mm. long with marginal hairs; blades 2-6 mm. broad.


Inflorescence a terminal spike, usually erect, 5-10 cm. long; spikelets 3 per node, 1-flowered, the central spikelet sessile, the lateral spikelets with a curved pedicle 1 mm. long; glumes slender and awn-like, 7-12 mm. long; lemmas rounded on the back, 5-nerved, the one on the central floret with an awn exceeding the glumes; lateral florets reduced, sometimes staminate.

Accepted Name:
Hordeum brachyantherum Nevski

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Critesion brachyantherum (Nevski) Barkworth & D.R. Dewey
Hordeum nodosum L.
ssp. brachyantherum – meadow barley
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Hordeum brachyantherum in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Hordeum brachyantherum checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Hordeum brachyantherum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Hordeum brachyantherum photos.

USDA Plants: Hordeum brachyantherum information.

11 photographs:
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