Bromus japonicus

Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Synonyms: Bromus abolini Drob., Bromus chiapporianus de Not. Ex Nyman, Bromus commutatus Schrad., Bromus cyri Trin., Bromus gedrosianus Penzes, Bromus japonicus ssp. anatolicus (Boiss. & Heldr.) Penzes, Bromus japonicus Thunb. ex Murr. var. porectus Hack., Bromus japonicus var. susquarrosus (Borb.) Savul. & Rays, Bromus multiflorus DC. ex Lam. & DC, Bromus patulus Mert. & Koch, Bromus pendulus Schur. Bromus unilateralis Schur., Bromus vestitus Schrad.

Common names: Japanese brome; Japanese chess

Bromus japonicus (Japanese brome, Japanese chess) is a cool season annual grass (family Poaceae) commonly found in Northern California. This grass out-competes native grasses in areas where grazing and fire have been reduced.

Rating: Limited

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    Other Resources

    Symposium Presentations

    • Bauder, E. T. (1996). Exotics in the southern California vernal pool ecosystem. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '96. San Diego, CA, CA.
    • Lair, K., N. Ritter, et al. (2006). Restoration of retired San Joaquin Valley farmlands using herbicides and activated charcoal. Cal-IPC Symposium. Rohnert Park, CA.

    Cal-IPC News Articles

    • None for this species.