Bromus tectorum L. (ITIS)
Downy brome, bronco grass, downy chess, drooping brome, June grass, early chess, military chess, cheatgrass
Eurasia (Bartlett et al. 2002)
1800s (Bartlett et al. 2002)
Introduced accidentally as a seed contaminant (Bartlett et al. 2002)
USDA. ARS. Tellus.
ARS scientists in Nevada, studied ways to control cheatgrass and restore rangelands to a healthy mix of plants, which in turn reduces wildfire threats, supports wildlife, and increases sustainable grazing resources.
Distribution / Maps / Survey Status
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.Provides state, county, point and GIS data. Maps can be downloaded and shared.
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Council or Task Force
California Invasive Plant Council.
State and Local Government
University of Nevada - Reno. Cooperative Extension.
Utah State University. Extension.
Bartlett, E., S.J. Novak, and R.N. Mack. 2002. Genetic variation in Bromus tectorum (Poaceae): differentiation in the eastern United States. American Journal of Botany 89(4):602-612.
Colorado State Parks. 2005. Downy Brome (Cheatgrass) - Best Management Practices - Weed Profile (PDF | 214 KB).
Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Bromus tectorum. [Accessed Mar 16, 2015].
Mosely, J.C., S.C. Bunting, and M.E. Monoukian. 1999. Cheatgrass. In: R.L. Sheley and J.K. Petrof (Eds.), Biology and Management of Noxious Rangeland Weeds. Corvallis, OR: Oregon State University Press.