Distribution: Chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; central Washington south to California, east to Idaho, Utah and Arizona.
Habitat: Common weed on overgrazed land, waste areas.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Annual, the culms 1.5-4.5 dm. tall, finely pubescent just below the panicle.
Sheaths closed; ligules 1.5-3 mm. long, lacerate; blades flat, 1.5-3 mm. broad, finely pubescent.
Inflorescence a dense, ovoid, purplish panicle 3-8 cm. long, the lower branches strongly ascending, much shorter than the glumes; spikelets subsessile, stiffly erect, 5- to 9-flowered, 17-22 mm. long including the awns; glumes narrowly lanceolate, the first 8 mm. long, 1-nerved, the second 3-nerved, 2-3 mm. longer; lemmas 13-15 mm. long, the two teeth 4-5 mm. long, the awn attached between the teeth 2 cm. long, curved; stamens 2, included.