- Stipa speciosa Trin. & Rupr.
- Desert needlegrass grows in dense clumps up to two feet tall. The leaf blades are firm, most inrolled and up to a foot long. When the dried leaves have weathered away the shiny lower sheaths remain on the culms. Desert needlegrass has contracted panic
les, 2 to 6 inches long, partly contained in the upper sheath and not extending far above blades. The unequal glumes are membranous on the outer edges and have a prominent midvein. The lemma is only half that and covered by short hairs. Its awn first twis
ts tightly and then makes a sharp bend after about half an inch, continuing only slightly twisted for another inch at most.
- Distribution and habitat
- Desert needlegrass grows in rocky or sandy plains or hills up to 7,000 feet. It flowers from March to June.
- General information
- Desert needlegrass offers tough but nutritious forage.