Brome Grass

Bromus leptocladus ?

Bromus sp. in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed growing among pasture grasses at Eldoret, Kenya. January 2014. Notice the array of stiff bristles encircling the branchlet - These appear evolved to hinder movement of insects.

From Wikipedia: Bromus is distinguished from other grass genera by a combination of several morphological characteristics, including leaf sheaths that are closed (connate) for most of their length, awns that are usually inserted subapically, and hairy appendages on the ovary. The leaf blades and sheaths, which comprise the leaves can be hairless, sparsely hairy or hairy. The inflorescence is a dense or open panicle, usually drooping or nodding, sometimes spreading.

Habitus of Bromus sp. in Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens  Spikelets of possible Bromus sp. from Kenya photo © Michael Plagens

Poaceae -- Grass Family

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Kenya Natural History

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