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False Brome

Brachypodium sylvaticum

Plant Description

Hairs on leaf edge, spikelets not stalked. Candy apple green color through growing season.

Plant Details

Life Forms
ODA Listing
Soil and Moisture Conditions
Suggested Actions
Shade Preference
Mature Height 3'
Distribution Most of western Oregon and limited extent in central Oregon.
Control Best to clean seeds from gear/shoes/equipment/pets before leaving an infested site to prevent spread to new sites.Dig up small patches of plants before they go to seed.
Reproduction and Spread Reproduces by seed.
Introduced Pakistan, Europe, temperate regions of Asia, mountainous regions of tropical Asia, Northern Africa and Macronesia, first found in Oregon in 1939.
Look Alikes Columbia brome
Impact It is highly invasive in shaded Woodlands, open prairies, and roadsides and can out-compete native forest understory and grassland vegetation. In commercial forests, false brome creates the perfect habitat for rodents that damage tree seedlings and in Oak woodlands false brome can suppress the germination of oak seedlings. False brome appears to have low palatability for wildlife and livestock. This grass may increase fire risks due to the build up of a heavy layer of thatch.
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