DASYOCHLOA Willd. ex Rydb
Plants hermaphroditic, stoloniferous, perennial. Culms ascending or erect (mop habit to 10 cm tall), glabrous; internodes
solid, terete. Leaves basal; sheaths terete, margins open; auricles lacking; ligules a line of hairs; blades involute
(arcuate), pungent (with thick margins), not attenuate, lax. Raceme or panicle (capitate), contracted (
partially included in sheath); primary branches appressed, terminating in a spikelet. Spikelets solitary, laterally
compressed, awned, pedicellate, pedicels without glands; florets 4-9, callus glabrous; reduced floret at apex;
disarticulation above glumes; glumes 1-veined, unequal, second glume longer than first floret, glabrous; lemmas 3-veined,
membranous, apex cleft or lobed, awned, villous to long hairy, veins hairy; paleas 2-veined, awned, hairy.
Stamens 3, anthers yellow. Caryopses terete. Base chromosome number x=8.
A monotypic genus of North America. This species is adapted to open, arid, desert flats or rocky slopes.
This is one of the most frequently encountered grasses of the Southwestern United States.