Taxon  Report   1218    
Bromus tectorum  L.
Cheatgrass,  downy brome, Downy brome grass, Downy chess
Bromus tectorum
© 2008 Gary A. Monroe
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CalPhotos / Calflora
Bromus tectorum
© 2001 Joe DiTomaso
Bromus tectorum
© 2007 Jason E. Willand
Bromus tectorum, a monocot, is an annual grass that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: High

Interactive Distribution Map

Observation Hotline
(observation details)

point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations

Bloom Period
Bromus tectorum
© 2018 Sarah Inman
Family: POACEAE  
Genus: Bromus
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Anisantha tectorum
PLANTS: Bromus tectorum var. hirsutus
PLANTS: Bromus tectorum var. nudus
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More information about  Bromus tectorum
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UC Integrated Pest Management Weed Photo Gallery
(profile of this plant as an agricultural weed)

Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria. [web application]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 16, 2019).