Plants perennial; cespitose, with innovations, without rhizomes, not glandular.
Culms 70-110 cm, erect, glabrous below the nodes. Sheaths hairy
at the apices and sometimes on the upper margins, hairs to 4 mm, not papillose-based;
ligules 0.2-0.4 mm; blades (8)12-30 cm long, 1.5-3.8 mm wide, flat
to involute, abaxial surfaces glabrous, adaxial surfaces scabridulous, glabrous
or sparsely hairy, hairs to 4 mm. Panicles 25-45 cm long, (5)12-30 cm wide,
broadly ovate, open; primary branches mostly 4-20 cm, diverging 20-90°
from the rachises, capillary, sinuous; pulvini glabrous or hairy; pedicels
1-18 mm, appressed or divergent, proximal spikelets on each branch usually with
pedicels shorter than 5 mm. Spikelets 5-9 mm long, 1-3 mm wide, lanceolate,
plumbeous, with 5-12 florets; disarticulation acropetal, glumes first,
then the lemmas, paleas persistent. Glumes lanceolate to ovate, membranous;
lower glumes 1.3-2.4 mm; upper glumes 1.6-2.6 mm; lemmas
2.4-3 mm, ovate, mostly membranous, hyaline near the margins and apices, lateral
veins inconspicuous, apices acute; paleas 1.5-3 mm, hyaline, narrower than
the lemmas, apices obtuse to truncate; anthers 3, 0.6-1.7 mm, purplish.
Caryopses 0.8-1.6 mm, subellipsoid, terete to somewhat laterally compressed,
with a well-developed adaxial groove, faintly striate, opaque, reddish-brown.
grows on rocky slopes and hills, at 1200-2300 m, often
in association with Pinus edulis, Juniperus monosperma, and Bouteloua
gracilis. Its range extends from New Mexico and western Texas to northern