Bromus bromoideus

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Bromus bromoideus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
(unranked): Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Bromus
Species: B. bromoideus

Bromus arduennensis Dumort.
Bromus grossus subsp. eburonensis (Nyman) Tournay

Bromus bromoideus (Brome of the Ardennes) is an alleged species of grass in the genus Bromus. Genetic studies point out that it rather should be regarded as a variant of B. secalinus.[3]

It was found in the calcareous meadows of the provinces of Liege and Luxembourg in Belgium, notably around the towns of Rochefort, Beauraing and Comblain-au-Pont, where it was first discovered in 1821. It was thought to be extinct since the 1930s until preserved seeds were rediscovered in collections of the Belgian National Botanic Garden by English botanist David Aplin and as a result of the publicity, seeds in other locations came to light in 2005.[2][4]

In 2009 the National Botanic Garden of Belgium announced that some hundred thousand seeds have been germinated.[5]


  1. ^ Gigot, G. (2013). Bromus bromoideus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.2
  2. ^ a b "EU project 'Ensconet' ensconces a once-lost Belgian grass". European research Headlines. European Commission. 2005-11-07. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  3. ^ Ainouche & Bayer (1997). "On the origins of the tetraploid Bromus species (section Bromus, Poaceae): insights from internal transcribed spacer sequences of nuclear ribosomal DNA". Genome. 40 (5): 730–743. doi:10.1139/g97-796. 
  4. ^ "'Kiss of Life' saves extinct grass: Belgian endemic back for birthday celebrations". innovations report. 2005-10-18. 
  5. ^ Uitgestorven plant herleeft na zeventig jaar (Dutch).

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