Plants annual, without sterile shoots; tufted. Culms 7-30
cm, glabrous, erect, spreading, or geniculate. Sheaths somewhat
inflated, glabrous or villous; blades to 10 cm long, to 3 mm wide,
flat, subglabrous to villous. Panicles 1-5 cm long, 0.5-3.0 cm wide,
pyramidal to ovoid, dense, shining yellowish to tan. Spikelets 2.5-3.5
mm, with 2-3 florets. Glumes unequal; lower glumes 2-2.5
mm long, narrower than the upper glumes, 1-veined; upper glumes 2.5-3
mm, 3-veined; callus hairs 0.3-0.4 mm; lemmas 1.6-2.7 mm,
glabrous or hairy, with wide hyaline margins, apices bifid, teeth to about
0.5 mm, awned, awns 2-6 mm, arising from somewhat above the middle of the
lemmas, slightly bent; anthers 1-1.5 mm. 2n = unknown.
Trisetum aureum is native to the Mediterranean region. It was collected
from a ballast dump in Camden, New Jersey, in 1896 (Hitchcock 1951), and
has not been reported since from the Flora region.