Annual, tufted, smooth or more or less rough short-hairy grass from fibrous roots; stems 1 to several, slender, delicate, hollow, 2-12 (20) cm tall.
Sheaths open; blades scarcely 0.5 mm wide, threadlike, in-rolled; ligules 1-3 mm long, pointed to blunt, slightly jagged tips.
Inflorescence a compact, congested and almost continuous, more or less spikelike panicle, mostly 1-3 cm long, the branches erect; spikelet stalks shorter than the spikelets; glumes (2.7) 3-3.2 (3.5) mm long; lemmas (2.5) 3-3.2 (3.5) mm long, usually lightly rough short-hairy, awned, the awns 2-3 mm long; anthers about 0.2 mm long.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
|CDF(32), CWH(18), ICH(2), MS(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Aspris praecox (L.) Nash