Taxon: Bromus arvensis L.

Genus: Bromus
Subgenus: Bromus
Family: Poaceae (alt.Gramineae)
Subfamily: Pooideae
Tribe: Bromeae
Nomen number: 7769
Place of publication: Sp. pl. 1:77. 1753
Link to protologue:
Name Verified on: 06-May-1992 by ARS Systematic Botanists. Last Changed: 20-Nov-2007
Species priority site is: Western Regional PI Station (W6)
Accessions: 9 in National Plant Germplasm System

Common names:

Economic Importance:

  • Environmental: erosion control (fide Grass VarUSA)
  • Environmental: soil improver (fide Grass VarUSA)
  • Animal food: fodder (fide Mansf Ency)
  • Weed: potential seed contaminant (fide Weed CIBA)

Distributional Range:


  • Asia-Temperate

    • Caucasus: Georgia ; Russian Federation-Ciscaucasia Ciscaucasia
    • Western Asia: Cyprus ; Turkey
  • Europe

    • Eastern Europe: Estonia ; Latvia ; Lithuania ; Moldova ; Russian Federation-European part European part; Ukraine
    • Middle Europe: Hungary ; Slovakia
    • Southeastern Europe: Albania ; Bulgaria ; Croatia ; Greece ; Italy ; Romania ; Serbia ; Slovenia
    • Southwestern Europe: France ; Spain

  • Naturalized

  • Northern America

    • Mexico ; United States
  • Southern America

    • Southern South America: Argentina

  • Cultivated


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Check other web resources for Bromus arvensis L. :


  • Florets: U.S. National Seed Herbarium image