Plants perennial; cespitose, not rhizomatous. Culms 40-100 cm. Sheaths
keeled and flattened below, margins occasionally hairy distally, hairs to 1.2
mm; ligules 0.2-0.4 mm; blades 12-35 cm long, 4-12 mm wide, flat,
glabrous abaxially, scabridulous adaxially, margins smooth or scabridulous. Panicles
15-50 cm long, 7-22(30) cm wide, diffuse, ovate; primary branches 2-17
cm, spreading 40-100° from the rachis; secondary branches appressed
to loosely spreading, without spikelets on the lower 1/4-1/2; pulvini glabrous;
pedicels 0.2-1.2 mm, appressed, scabridulous. Spikelets 1-2 mm,
purplish to brownish. Glumes unequal, narrowly lanceolate to lanceolate,
membranous, prominently keeled; lower glumes 0.6-1 mm; upper glumes
1.1-1.8 mm, slightly shorter than or subequal to the lemmas; lemmas 1.2-2
mm, lanceolate, membranous, glabrous, acute; paleas 1.2-2 mm, ovate, membranous,
glabrous, often splitting in two between the veins at maturity; anthers
0.2-0.4 mm, purplish. Fruits 0.6-1 mm, ovoid, slightly flattened, reddish-brown.
2n = 40.
Sporobolus buckleyi grows between 0-150 m, in loamy soils near the margins
of woods or thorn scrub, sometimes in partial sunlight. Its range extends from
southeastern Texas to Belize.