is a species of grass
known by the common name Letterman's needlegrass
. It is native to the western United States from California
to New Mexico
, where it is a resident of several types of habitat. This is a tufting perennial grass which forms large clumps of erect stems up to about 80 centimeters tall. The leaves are short and slightly curly. The inflorescence
is up to about 19 centimeters long and has open branches with few spikelets. Each spikelet is less than a centimeter long but has an awn
which can be up to about 2.5 centimeters in length. The awn has two kinks.