Bromus secalinus L. Poaceae (Grass family)

Life cycle

Erect to spreading winter annual.

cheat patch
Patch of cheat.


Both leaf surfaces and sheath are smooth or sparsely hairy. Leaves are rolled in the bud. Light green leaves have a distinctive twist.


Membranous with a fringe of hairs.


Erect and clump-forming, up to 24 inches tall.

cheat collar
Cheat collar region.

Flowers and fruit

The seedhead is an open, drooping panicle at maturity that produces large, yellowish brown seeds. Seeds also have characteristically short awns (shorter than those of downy brome).



cheat seedhead
Cheat seedhead.

Similar weeds

Downy brome (Bromus tectorum L.) Differs by having hairy leaves and longer awns than those of cheat.

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