Annual grass from fibrous roots, usually branching from the base; stems decumbent-based to erect, 20-70 cm tall.
Sheaths open, copiously more or less pimpled and soft-hairy, the hairs 2-4 mm long; basal leaves similar to the stem leaves, the blades (3) 5-12 (15) mm wide; ligules 1.5-2 mm long.
Inflorescence a diffusely branched, spreading to drooping panicle, 10-30 cm long, often partially included in the uppermost sheath; spikelets 2-flowered, 2.5-3.5 mm long, the lower florets sterile, the upper ones always fertile; lower glumes 3-nerved, sharp-pointed, at least 1/2 as long as the spikelets, 1-3 mm long, the upper ones smooth, 7-nerved, sharp-pointed, about as long as the sterile lemmas, exceeding the fertile lemmas and paleas; sterile lemmas smooth, 9-nerved; fertile lemmas much-hardened, faintly-nerved; lodicules about 0.3 mm long, fan-shaped; anthers purple, about 1.2 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
|ICH(1), IDF(2), PP(1)|
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Panicum barbipulvinatum Nash
Panicum capillare subsp. barbipulvinatum (Nash) Tzvelev
Panicum capillare var. agreste Gattinger
Panicum capillare var. barbipulvinatum (Nash) R.L. McGregor
Panicum capillare var. brevifolium Vasey ex Rydb. & Shear
Panicum capillare var. campestre Gattinger
Panicum capillare var. capillare
Panicum capillare var. occidentale Rydb.
Panicum philadelphicum subsp. gattingeri (Nash) Freckmann & Lelong