Perennial tufted grass from fibrous roots; stems disarticulating at the nodes, (10) 15-30 (42) cm tall.
Sheaths usually densely soft-hairy, the hairs often arising from pimples, sometimes the upper ones smooth; blades sparsely to densely soft-hairy and/or rough to stiff-hairy, rarely smooth, 1-3 mm wide; ligules less than 1 mm long, fringed with short hairs.
Inflorescence with 1 or 2 (3) spikelets, then in a raceme, the lower spikelets on stiff, erect stalks shorter than the length of the spikelets; spikelets (8) 12-26 mm long; lemmas smooth over the back, soft-hairy on the margins, 5.5-11 mm long, the apical teeth pointed to stiff-awned, the awns (1.5) 2-6 (7) mm long, awned from the back, the awns abruptly bent, 5.5-13 mm long, the calluses longer than wide, with stiff hairs laterally; anthers to 3.5 mm long.
Possibly better treated as Danthonia californica var. unispicata Thurb.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
Present from Summer to Fall
Source: The USDA
||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
|ESSF(3), ICH(2), IDF(1), MS(2)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013