Publication: Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 15: 294. 1888.
selected vouchers: WTU
Notes: FNA24: "Melica smithii grows in cool, moist woods from British Columbia and Alberta south to Oregon and Wyoming and, as a disjunct, from the Great Lakes region to western Quebec. It often forms colonies in the eastern portion of its range. Its disjunct distribution pattern is unusual among North America's grasses."