Bromus catharticus Vahl (syn. Bromus unioloides)



Rescuegrass is a bunchgrass often with fuzzy lower sheaths and blades. Its stems are robust, smooth, and unbranched. The inflorescence is erect or drooping, flat and green, turning yellow when ripe and dry. The spikelets overlap, forming Vs, and have short or no awns. The leaf collar has a papery ligule that is split on top. Grows from seed in winter and provides early forage. Matures to produce seed in early spring.    Rescuegrass is an annual, cool season, introduced species reaching 18 to 36 inches or 45 to 91 cm tall.    It provides fair grazing for livestock and wildlife. 


Rescuegrass grows on bottomlands and can be managed as a cool-season pasture plant. It increases on overgrazed and heavily disturbed sites and is a common yard weed. Habitats include roadsides, disturbed sites, gardens, drainage lines, croplands, grasslands, open woodlands, and riparian sites. It is native to South America, but it can be found across the United States. It appears in every ecoregion of Texas.