Distribution: Yakima and Kittitas counties in Washington; south to Jefferson County, Oregon.
Habitat: Dry, rocky, shallow soil, in sagebrush or ponderosa pine.
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Densely tufted perennial, the culms semi-solid, terete, 1-3 dm. tall, smooth.
: Sheaths open, finely puberulent; ligules puberulent externally, the lower ones up to 0.5 mm. long, the upper ones to 1 mm. long; blades strongly involute, erect, 1 mm. broad, somewhat puberulent.
Inflorescence a narrow panicle 4-12 cm. long, often partially included in the sheath, the branches stiff, nearly erect; spikelets 1-flowered, articulate above the glumes; glumes 5-nerved, obtuse, the first 4.5 mm. long, the second slightly longer; lemma about equal the glumes, glabrous, olive or brown, with a terminal, pubescent awn 6-10 mm. long; palea nearly as long as the lemma; stamens 3, the anthers purple; lodicules 3, oblong-elliptic, about 1.5 mm. long.