Flowers: July - August
Conservation Status: Not of concern
Strongly tufted perennial, the culms hollow, glabrous, 0.5-4 dm. tall.
Sheaths open, usually glabrous, but with hairs 1-2 mm. long on the throat and collar; ligule only 0.3-0.5 mm. long; blades involute to flat, 1-3 mm. broad, somewhat curled.
Inflorescence a raceme-like panicle 3-6 cm. long, often one-sided, the short, erect branches usually bearing only one spikelet; spikelets several-flowered; glumes subequal, 13-17 mm. long; lemmas 7-10 mm. long, glabrous on the back but hairy on the margins, bifid, the teeth acuminate, 1-2 mm. long; awn attached just below the lobes of the lemma, up to 10 mm. long; callus strongly bearded; paleas broad, shorter than the lemmas.