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Brachypodium sylvaticum

LHPrism Status 
Tier 2 - Emerging
Key Characteristics 
Growth Form
A perennial grass that grows in clumps or bunches
The lower stem and nodes are covered in tiny hairs.
Leaves are floppy and flat, arching out from the plant. The leaves are 5-12 mm wide with hairy leaf margins.The leaf sheath is open at the top and hairy.
This plant has a drooping inflorescence. The spikelets are arranged in a true spike because they have no stalk at the base. The flowers have long awns that are 7-15 mm.

Brachypodium sylvaticum: Slender false brome

Distribution: There is only one reported area in the Lower Hudson with slender false brome. This is in Dutchess county along Wappinger Creek. (2019)

Plant Identification Notes:

  • Leaf: Leaf color is bright green throughout the growing season turning bleached white during the winter. Leaf margins and lower stems are hairy with no red streaking on the stems.
  • Leaf arrangement: bunches of lime-green leaf blades
  • Flowers and seeds: are spiked and droopy with spikelets having no stalks.

The best time for identification is during flowering. Slender false brome begins flowering in July and mature spikelets can be seen into the fall.

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