Cheatgrass

Scientific Name:

Bromus Tectorum

Type:

Herbaceous Plant

Habitat:

Grasslands, open habitats, and disturbed areas

Range:

Native to Europe, North Africa, and southwestern Asia; widespread around the world

Status:

No listed status

This species is

INVASIVE

to the Truckee Meadows.

Identification:

Cheatgrass is a winter annual grass that usually grows between 8 and 25 inches tall. The stems of this grass are smooth and slender. At the top of the grass are drooping, spiky seeds that germinate in the fall and produce in the spring.

Fast Facts:

  • As an invasive weed, cheatgrass can cause devastation for certain habitats.

  • Cheatgrass can be dangerous for animals. Its barblike seeds often get stuck in animals’ fur, noses and ears which can cause infections and irritation. Cheatgrass has even been found in dog’s lungs.

  • Cheatgrass tends to take all the nutrients from the soil where it grows, ultimately making it more difficult for other plants to grow in the affected area.

  • The seeds of cheatgrass remain viable for 2 to 5 years after leaving their mother plant.

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