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Annual grass from fibrous roots; stems densely hairy at the bases, 20-60 cm tall.
Sheaths usually open for 1-2 cm, densely soft-hairy; blades 2-5 mm wide, flat or slightly in-rolled, soft-hairy to short-hairy; ear-shaped lobes lacking at the leaf-bases; ligules hairy, eroded, 0.5-1.5 mm long.
Inflorescence a panicle, 4-12 cm long, with the branches and flowers more or less all to one side of the axis, the branches slender, lax, usually curved to reflexed, mostly bearing solitary spikelets; spikelets 9- to 15-flowered, compressed, cylindrical to egg-shaped, smooth, 15-30 mm long, 8-12 mm wide; florets mostly small, closed, self-fertilized; glumes lanceolate, the lower ones 3- to 5-nerved, 4-6 mm long, the upper ones (5-) 7- to 9-nerved, 7-9 mm long; lemmas inflated, 9-11 mm long, 2.8-4 mm wide, rounded at the tips, unawned, or with awn tips scarcely over 1 mm long; paleas 1-3 mm shorter than the lemmas; anthers, rarely exserted, about 0.8 mm long.
Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia