(Simpson and Weiner 1989). Monogr. Common Name(s): Cheatgrass, Downy brome Scientific Name: Bromus tectorum L. Life Cycle: Winter annual Native or Introduced: Introduced Site: Intermountain Rangeland Elevation Range: Above 2,500 feet General information: Annual grass that has a very short growing period. For example, an annual life cycle means that a weed goes from seed to seed in one growing season or one year. Downy brome is a copious seed producer. When utilized by livestock in the spring, downy brome supplies good-quality forage, but is Because downy brome is a prolific seed producer, minimizing seed sources can be an effective preventative control strategy. 2016Footnote 1). aestivum L.). In the late summer and early fall the less abundant but relished plants grown in high densities may produce about 25 seeds each; however, a solitary downy Soil utilized as ballast 1986). Some competitive relationships between Agropyron spicatum and Bromus tectorum. It may Transporting and feeding such bales to livestock in uninfested areas spread the weed These weeds require undisturbed soils from fall through early summer of the following year to complete their life cycle, and no-till soil management favors this environment. The genus Bromus in the Poaceae includes 100 species of annuals, biennials, and perennials. A serious invasive plant of western rangeland that increases risks of wildfires since it matures in spring and the dead plants are a fire hazard during dry summers. Its roots continue to grow during winter, permitting it to invade a site before Invasion of Bromus tectorum L. into western North America: an ecological chronicle. weeds such as downy brome, jointed goatgrass, or feral rye. preventing raindrop erosion, promoting water infiltration, and preventing General description: Leaves are up to 10 inches long, plants reach height of 2 feet. All rights reserved. Downy brome, and other Bromus spp., have fused leaf sheaths whereas other grasses' sheaths overlap. Because some grasses are not present at certain times of the year, these can quickly be eliminated from the list. It provides fuels for wild fire. 1952. A single cycle through the rotation usually reduces these weeds but does not eliminate them. Life Cycle. (800) 262-3804, Iowa State University 1986). Bromus tectorum and refers to its abundance as a weed in areas where cereal grains are grown. Propagation: Seed. Animals also aid in Seeds may remain viable for up to 2 years. Rangelands 9:266-270. Description. brome is widely distributed throughout the U.S., including Hawaii (Hitchcock and Case 1971). continue to grow through most of the winter, provided warm and moist conditions separate except near the node at the bottom of each sheath, the lower ones pubescent and the al. Its early maturation, relatively 1986). Downy brome occurs in all Canadian Provinces and A perennial life cycle means that a weed regrows season after season. Dry downy brome greatly increases the rangeland fire hazard. winter or summer annual; seedlings germinate in autumn or early spring; rapid growth with seed production by late spring; IPM Recommendations. Weeds and Words. The seeds are U.S., Canada, and northern Mexico (Sheley and Petroff 1999). (Sheley and Petroff 1999). 1971. shed within a week after maturity and wind disperses them short distances. Dr. Hartzler also teaches undergraduate classes in weed science and weed identificatio... Rebecca Vittetoe is an extension field agronomist in east central Iowa. Forest Service 1937). J. It has been Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.)-an eco- Zimdahl, R. L. Common name(s): Cheatgrass, downy brome Scientific name: Bromus tectorum Family: Grass family (Poaceae) Reasons for concern: This fast growing grass readily outcompetes native species, reducing plant diversity and wildlife habitat. seedings of other species are established; downy brome roots can grow at 3 C (Harris 1967). However, it grows on many poorer sites where more nutritional forage plants do not occur (U.S. 1937). along smooth soil surfaces rather than being carried in the air. easily, has a shallow dense root system, and grows rapidly, it adds large amounts of organic The most common winter weeds in Nebraska are: henbit, marestail, field pennycress, downy brome, dandelion, shepherd’s-purse, tansy mustard, and prickly lettuce. drought can also cause purple coloration that fades when growing conditions become more The history and distribution of It remains a fire hazard until the fall rains begin. (Hulbert 1955). extends into southern Alaska and Yukon (Morrow and Stahlman 1984, Pavlick 1995). and introduced perennial grasses (Cook and Harris 1952). as downy brome, die back with the onset of late spring and early summer temperatures and are not present during the summer months. 25:181-213. (Mack 1981). It compares favorably in nutritional quality with most native Downy brome may produce many tillers depending on germination time. Both surfaces of leaves and sheaths are covered with short, soft, dense hairs. seed dissemination because downy brome's long awn attaches to their hide, hair, and hooves In Scandanavia it is a lowland plant, but in the Downy brome does not grow in wet places and seldom appears at It perpetrates itself Because downy brome is a prolific seed producer, minimizing seed sources can be an effective preventative control strategy. (Hulbert 1955). A sudden drop in temperature or a sudden Growth Habit: Bunch type. Annual grasses are represented by the major grain crops (corn, sorghums, wheat, rye, barley, oats), and by many weedy types which infest fields and pastures. Stewart, G. and A. C. Hull. Rev. Downy brome is an erect annual, winter annual, or biennial grass, growing from 5 to 60 cm tall, United States Forest Service. most of western and central Europe to southern Russia and western central Asia. Biology/Ecology Life cycle:Vast numbers of downy brome seedlings usually germinate after the first fall rain in infested areas (West 1983). (B. japonicus Thunb. Plants that begin growth in the fall continue to tiller and set seed in the early spring. Branches are Key ID traits: Dense, soft hairs on leaves and stems. rangelands, its seeds may remain viable for several years when stored dry within hay or straw 2150 Beardshear Hall Bromus tectorum is a winter annual grass native to Eurasia usually germinating in autumn, overwintering as a … Chase. ), and smooth brome (B. inermis Leyss. (Upadhyaya et al. new growth appears. tectorum from other weedy annual bromes such as cheat (Bromus secalinus L.), Japanese brome Ecol. become a spring annual if fall moisture is inadequate (Harris 1967, Klemmedson and Smith maturation; perennial grasses mature more slowly and remain green longer. The first downy brome introductions probably happened this way in St. Louis, MO, about 1850 Morrow, L. A. and P W. Stahlman. Fire decreases downy brome density substantially in subsequent years (Stewart and Hull 1949). Its (Hulbert 1955, Morrow and Stahlman 1984). 1937). merchandise packed in straw infested with downy brome. Downy brome Bromus tectorum L. Family: Poaceae (Grass family) Several species are important as forage crops while others are grown as ornamentals. ... the life cycle. flammability, permitting fires to kindle and spread rapidly, thus increasing the number and size Individual On the higher foothills it is The rough awns of downy brome can puncture the soft tissues of the mouth, nostrils and eyes of livestock; perfora… Alps it extends to an elevation of 2,000 m (Upadhyayay et al. A very difficult to control species in cereal crops. blades dense, soft hairs above and below, twisted, rolled in bud; auricles absent; ligule membranous with hairs; sheaths closed, hairy, veined bromes, an ancient name for oats, and broma or bromus for food as the seeds were ground into brome. He conducts research on weed biology and how it impacts the efficacy of weed management programs in corn and soybean. Life cycle: Annual. Because down brome establishes Weiner. Habitat: pastures, no-till fields, small grains, rangelan. Hitchcock, A. S. and A. downy brome was formerly and extensively used to thatch house roofs (U.S. Forest Service Downy Brome, Downy Chess: Genus: Bromus: Family: Poaceae (Grass) Life cycle: annual: Origin: Europe: Status: Invasive - ERADICATE! livestock on grazing lands on many intermountain ranges. Frequently found in overgrazed pastures since animals avoid downy brome due to sharp awns that can cause mechanical injury to mouth and digestive tracts. As spring gets closer, downy brome grows larger and may begin transitioning to the reproductive stage of its life cycle. Pavlick, L. E. 1995. generic name Bromus comes from the Greek This Neb-Guide discusses weed management in each of these phases. Ecological studies of Bromus tectorum and other annual bromegrasses. thatching (Plowden 1970, Zimdahl 1989). Under good Bromus L. of North America. Once introduced, downy Annual or winter annual. It appeared that potential increased near physiological maturity. Manual of Grasses of the United States. Educational programs are available for farmers, agribusiness, pesticide applicators, and certified crop advisors. Auricles: Absent. While downy brome is green for a time, to the trained eye it provides only the illusion of quality. of fires and control costs. 1984. with only a few main roots but a finely divided fibrous root system penetrating to 30 cm deep. Both leaf surfaces and sheath are densely hairy. 1995). Variation in this fire cycle allows heterogeneity in the establishment of native perennials. 7:145-165. make it difficult and unpleasant for animals to eat (Zimdahl 1989). Bromus comes from a Greek word for a type of oat, and tectorum comes from tector which means overlaying and tectum which means roof. From its Eurasian and Mediterranean ancestral home, B. tectorum has expanded throughout Since its life cycle terminates relatively early in the season, uncontrolled downy brome is a fire hazard and is extremely flammable, allowing fires to kindle and spread rapidly. General description: Leaves are up to 10 inches long, plants reach height of 2 feet. 1989. Young leaves are twisted. Collar: Broad, continuous and hairy. and in single localities in Iceland and Green-land. flour (Hyam and Parkhurst 1995, Plowden 1970, Zimdahl 1989). Both surfaces of leaves and sheaths are covered with short, soft, dense hairs. The membranous ligule is visible at the leaf collar. frequently grows in large tufts and is mainly self-pollinated, but out-crossing is also common Upon first glance downy brome can be confused with wild oats, … Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Downy brome is ready to graze early in March on the lower mountain ranges, and remains Leaves Both leaf surfaces and sheath are densely hairy. Root Type: Fibrous. layers. Life-Cycle: Annual, that reproduces by seed and sprouts soon after snow melts and often again in the early fall. Membranous ligule. Downy Brome is found throughout much of North America. Once established, it poses a greater fire hazard than perennial grasses because of its early Range Manage. persist. Although in the eastern U.S. it is only a roadside weed, it is especially abundant in the West's Other common names include cheat, downy chess, broncograss, and six-weeks grass Great Basin and Columbia Basin areas. The Growth and Development (Life Cycle): Emergence: Downy brome seedlings usually germinate in the late summer or autumn, after first fall rain when soil temperature is about 20 degrees C. The fall-germinated seedlings often over-winter in a semi-dormant state and complete their lifecycle the following spring (Upadhyaya et al. It is a successful weed because of its ability to utilize moisture from the soil's upper Light green leaves have a distinctive twist and are soft to the touch. Leaves . brome seeds usually do not remain viable for longer than 1 yr (Hulbert 1955). produce 5,000 seeds (Young et al. Ligule Membranous with a fringe of hairs. Widely distributed throughout North America and sometimes used as forage for livest… Hossfeld says the problem is the life cycle and life span of the plants. The stems are erect, slender, and mostly glabrous. 30:226-262. Mack, R. N. 1981. It Copyright © 2020 Iowa State University of Science and Technology. sativa L.), grass seed fields, noncrop land, pasture lands, rangelands, and winter wheat (Triticum 1989. concentration of Ligule Range infested with annual brome species experiences a drastic shortening of the normal prairie fire cycle, resulting in a change of species composition that favours the persistence of annual bromes and other fire tolerant species. They tend to blow A Hyam, R. and P Pankhurst. The water content production fluctuates extensively. 1949. 1051 p. Hulbert, L. 1955. Downy brome has a dual role as a serious weed and as an Downy brome. Prostrate winter annual. Ligule: Membranous and jagged. Leaves are rolled in the bud. The life cycle of this grass makes it competitive with winter wheat (Figure 3). Columbia Museum. soil profile. It has extremely high It is the least effective option with jointed goatgrass, which has a longer seed life. Downy brome is generally considered a winter annual, the young fall-germinated seedlings It displaces desirable perennial species. The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd Young, J. Sheaths are 842 p. 1987. force out established native species from the range nor prevent their return (U.S. Forest Service Upon ripening, downy brome is a poor fodder crop because awns Hand-pull plants in lawn areas prior to flowering or mow a minimum of every 3 weeks throughout spring and summer months. Sometimes the eyes of grazing livestock are also affected (U.S. Forest high elevations or in the more arid, western deserts. Patch of downy brome flowering in early spring due to winter annual life cycle. also is lower in mature downy brome plants. Although its occupation of certain areas Harris, G. A. Its introduction into North America occurred independently several times. Monogr. week or two later it dries completely and becomes straw colored. During ripening, downy brome plants turn purple and then brown as they mature, but the leaves 1964). Downy brome Bromus tectorum L. Poaceae (Grass family) Life cycle Prostrate winter annual. Many of the shrubby areas that have been converted to cheatgrass monocultures originally had a long fire cycle of about 60 to 110 years in some areas and about 30 to 50 in others. Pratt in The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Great Britain, 1854-1857, (Simpson and Weiner R. A. Evans, R. E. Eckert, Jr., and B. L. Kay. In the better areas, where grazing is properly regulated and fires are prevented, downy brome Downy brome is a cool season grass that completes its life cycle … Spot treat with appropriate post-emergent herbicide. distributed in the temperate areas and in tropical mountainous regions (Hyam and Parkhurst Downy brome is one of the less palatable species of Bromus. eventually tends to be largely replaced by more valuable and permanent perennial species (U.S. 1986). Conservation Services. For brome spread to adjacent areas (Sheley and Petroff 1999). 1986). Plants and Their Names, A Concise Dictionary. It is the worst weed problem for winter wheat growers in the western U.S. (Upadhyaya et brome plant with plentiful tillers and grown with abundant moisture and sunlight can easily slender, pubescent, growing conditions, downy brome seed production can exceed 2.6 billion seeds/ha. Dense introduced to northern Europe, North America, Japan, South Africa, Australia, and 1937. The leaves are from 4 to 16 cm long, 2 to 4 mm wide, light green, and pubescent. matter to the soil, aiding significantly in erosion control (Upadhyaya et al. Life Cycle This grassy weed prefers open areas that are disturbed by civilization and it frequently grows in waste areas, croplands, haylands, pasturelands, rangelands, old fields and along roadsides. The livestock even consume some of the old herbage is it is saturated much of its current range, and by 1980 nearly every county in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming Worldwide: Native to northern Africa and temperate Eurasia with a broad distribution extending from Portugal in the west to China in the east (USDA-ARS 2016Footnote 2). New Zealand upper ones sometimes glabrous. Range Plant Handbook. Downy brome plant. In 1759, Benjamin Stillingfleet Downy brome Bromus tectorum L. Family: Poaceae (Grass family) Life cycle: Annual (winter) Native status: Introduced Habitat: pastures, no-till fields, small grains, rangelan . Downy brome is generally considered a winter annual, the young fall-germinated seedlings overwintering in a semidormant state and completing their life cycle the next spring. Linneaus described Bromus tectorum in 1753. Serious problems with downy brome have been reported in the New England nursery trade and in orchards (Morrow & Stahlman 1984). Nutritive value of cheatgrass and crested wheatgrass on spring ranges of Utah. Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum L.). Miscellaneous: Native to Mediterranean region. sparse, hairy leafage, and high ratio of unpalatable seed heads all weigh against its usefulness. Seeds are light and fluffy and initial seed germination rates can be high. 1986). Animals grazing nearly mature downy brome or consuming it in hay are frequently injured. soft, and drooping, and is often pale green with a purple tinge. important forage (Upadhyaya et al. Initial infestations were commonly found near railroads and wheat fields. Life cycle: Annual (winter) Spikelets have long awns (up to 0.7 inch long). covered with long soft hairs. roots continue to grow until spring, then their growth rate declines rapidly. The awns, 12 to 14 mm long, are slender and straight. causing sores and infection, reduction in food consumption, and subsequent weight loss may be a result of continued past overgrazing and depletion of better forage plants, it does not Pioneer farmers felt that were being cheated in wheat yields by the weed and labeled it Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press. Weed Control in Winter Wheat (Phase I) dissemination are in contaminated grain, in discarded cattle bedding straw, in transported cattle Distinguishing Characteristics. important Weed Sci. Leaves are rolled in the bud. even during years with unfavorable growing conditions (Sheley and Petroff 1999). The panicle ranges from 5 to 20 cm long, is rather dense, Reduced control from herbicides should be expected as plants become larger and move toward reproduction. Downy brome is a significant weed throughout North America, particular in alfalfa (Medicago Although most downy brome seeds generally do not survive longer than 1 yr on Downy brome supplies the mass of early spring forage for all classes of forage in this area because of the immense herbage volume produced and the vast area covered. ), a pe-rennial. 32:2-6. Sheath is fused rather than overlapping. Vernation: Rolled. Reproducing only by seed. stems, hairy texture, and the long-awned spikelets in twisted branches distinguish Bromus Areas of expertise include agronomy, field crop production and management of corn, soybeans, and... ISU Extension and Outreach in his Biberg's Economy of Nature was the first to use the common name brome for Bromus Cheatgrass. State & National Extension Partners. However, it can Bromus tectorum L., downy brome, an introduced annual, occurs throughout most of the Most downy brome leaves have numerous fine hairs that give them a soft, downy feeling when overwintering in a semidormant state and completing their life cycle the next spring. Fused leaf sheath. By 1930 downy brome occupied Downy brome follows more or less the same winter annual life cycle as the dominant forage species in California annual grasslands. Native status: Introduced Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. The life cycle of this grass makes it competitive with winter wheat in the PNW. Life Cycle. A., Downy brome is often found on lighter texured, sandy soils. The roots continue to grow until spring, then their growth rate declines rapidly. https://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/graminoid/brotec/all.html Flowers in April to May. Train cars transporting livestock used Stands of cheatgrass on western rangeland are highly flammable in late spring through early fall after maturation, which usually occurs long before native species mature and enter summer and autumn dormancy. Bet. Site disturbance caused by fire enhances its establishment and spread. Dr. Bob Hartzler is a professor of agronomy and an extension weed specialist. But the major ways of It does not pose any greater risk of wildfire than the existing annual grasses here. Agro-Ecosyst. The specific epithet tectorum means "of the roofs" (Latin tectum, roof); tector means straw for The life cycle of a weed is simply its seasonal pattern of growth and reproduction. Crop rotation is one of the most effective control measures for downy brome because of the relatively short life span of seed in the soil (2 to 3 years). Ames, IA: Iowa State University. 2nd ed. In its original home in Old World humid climates, Reproduction is by seed. Introduced in Greenland, Iceland, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and North and South America (Upadhyaya et al. thoroughly by late-season rains (U.S. Forest Service 1937). 545 p. Klemmedson, J. O. and J. G. Smith. Slender Weedy; Habitat: sun; disturbed soil; roadsides, railroads, waste areas, fields: Fruiting season: June - August: Plant height: 8 to 30 inches: Wetland Indicator Status: none: MN county distribution (click map to enlarge): 1964. It is Downy brome (Bromus tectorum) is a winter annual grass introduced into the U.S. from Europe in the 1800s through a contaminated shipment of grain. mature long stiff awns easily puncture the lining in the mouth, throat, and intestines of livestock, It is undoubtedly the most Heavy infestations can produce 80,000,000 seeds per acre. Noxious Rangeland Weeds. favorable (Stewart and Hull 1949). Leaf sheaths and blades are covered with long, soft hairs. ed., Volume 2. grazed from April to early June. June 10, 2015 Bromus tectorum L. Poaceae (Grass family) Life cycle . 1967. straw as bedding, which was discarded along the railroad rights-of-way. runoff into rills (Stewart and Hull 1949). In the more arid portions of the Great Basin, downy brome rarely germinates in the fall, because by the time effective moisture is received, it is usually too cold for germination. 160 p. Sheley, R. L. and J. K. Petroff, eds. Canadian: Occurs in AB, BC, MB, NB, NS, NT, ON, QC, SK, YT (Brouillet et al. The cheatgrass. In these areas, germination occurs in the early spring, and downy brome must complete its life cycle before soil moisture is … Biology and Management of 37:89-111. Although Bromus secalinus L. is called cheat, the common name, cheatgrass, is applied to Lemmas are toothed, 9 to 12 mm long, lanceolate, and are Its root system allows most or all of the available moisture to be re-moved from the upper the plant is green and growing actively, thus the common name (Sheley and Petroff 1999). 1999. It was introduced to North Crop rotation is one of the most effective control measures for downy brome because of the relatively short life span of seed in the soil (2 to 3 years). Similar species: Cheat or chess (Bromus secalinus) has similar growth habit but leaves and sheaths are smooth or with few hairs. Ames, IA 50011-2031 1995. Seedhead is a dropping, soft (often purplish) panicle. With the exception of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida, downy The Conservation Services Division provides technical and financial support, leadership and statewide coordination, and regulatory oversight to public/private landowners and agricultural businesses statewide on an array of natural resource management challenges. flexuous, with up to eight spikelets. bales. Downy brome usually begins growth in fall or early spring. The grass typically germinates in the fall, overwinters in the vegetative state and resumes growth in early spring. Forest Service 1937). In some instances, vegetation on overgrazed rangeland consists totally of downy 1987). Victoria, BC: Royal British in ships sailing from Eurasia into North America was one of the original carriers of its seeds. A. and E.S.C. Ecol. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 428 p. Simpson, J. 1986Footnote 3, USDA-ARS 2016Footnote 2). 1989). America from Europe before 1861. Seedhead Color: Reddish purple upon maturity. Sowing wheat seeds un-grazed stands of it produce a litter layer which is very effective in conserving soil by Downy (feathery; fluffy) was first used as specific names for plants such as downy oats by Ann It may continue to grow through most of the winter, provided warm and moist conditions persist. D. brome produces a drooping panicle, seeds have long, sharp awns that irritate mouths of grazing animals, the damage is known as bromitis. Cook, C. W. and L. E. Harris. Downy brome generally emerges between August and March, when adequate soil moisture is available. Annuals complete their growth cycle in a single growing season and reproduce only by seed whereas perennial g… contaminated with downy brome seeds was commonplace, and railroads transported The leaves typically grow little in the fall, and plants are normally 1-2 inches in height when covered by snow in December. Service 1937). tender and palatable until about the middle of May when it begins to mature and turns reddish. Leaves and roots were the most phytotoxic downy brome plant parts for bread and … New York: Dover Publications. 5:321-337. dung, in discarded straw packed with dry goods, and by farm machinery. may assume a purple tinge during winter dormancy. Light green leaves have a distinctive twist and are soft to the touch. allelopathic potential of downy brome plant parts were not stable over its life cycle for either bread or durum wheat. Broad categories include: 1. winter annuals: cool-season species which germinate in late summer or fall, 2. summer annuals 1. cool-season species seeded in the early spring, and 2. warm season species seeded in late spring or early summer. had infestations (Mack 1981). 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