Smooth Brome - Bromus racemosus


Very similar to Meadow Brome and a specimen needs to be examined by an expert to be sure of a correct identification.

Photo ID?

Unimproved hay and water meadows, usually on damp, periodically flooded alluvial soils. It is most frequent on the drier margins of fields, sometimes growing on the dredgings from the ditches bordering them. It is also found as a grass-seed casual in arable margins and on verges.

When to see it

Flowering May to July.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but local in Britain and declining.

VC55 Status

Infrequent and local in Leicestershire and Rutland – mainly in the Soar valley. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 11 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map