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It can be found between sea level and 365 metres, along roadsides, hedge bottoms, and is a common weed of waste ground and gardens.
This grass is native to:
- northern Africa (Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia);
- western and middle Asia (Afghanistan, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan); the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and the Russian Federation in Ciscaucasia and Dagestan);
- northern, middle, eastern, and southeastern Europe (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, including Corsica, Germany, Greece, including Crete, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, including Sardinia and Sicily, Moldova, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, including the Balearic Islands, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, including the Crimean peninsula, the United Kingdom, and the former Yugoslavian states).
This is an annual or biennial grass ranging from about 20 to 90 centimeters in maximum height. It has a small leaf blade and its inflorescence is spreading, with the lower parts drooping more than the upper. The spikelet is up to 3 centimeters long.
Invasive plant species
- Species was first described and published in Species Plantarum 1: 77. 1753. "Plant Name Details for Bromus sterilis". IPNI. Retrieved August 9, 2010. "basionym of: Zerna sterilis"
- GRIN (May 29, 2007). "Bromus sterilis information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved August 9, 2010. "Synonyms: Anisantha sterilis"
- Anisantha sterilis was published in Trudy Sredne-Aziatskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta. Serija 8b. Botanika. Acta Universitatis Asiae Mediae. Botanica, Ser. 8b, Bot. 17:20. 1934. Tashkent. GRIN (May 29, 2007). "Anisantha sterilis information from NPGS/GRIN". Taxonomy for Plants. National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland: USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. Retrieved August 9, 2010.
- Zerna sterilis was published in Denkschriften der Koniglich Akademie der Wissenschaften zu München, 4: 297. 1814. Munich. "Plant Name Details for Zerna sterilis". IPNI. Retrieved August 9, 2010. "Remarks: Specific epithet not associated with genus name."
- BSBI Description retrieved 10 December 2010.
- Grasses by C E Hubbard, 1978, published by Penguin books