Blepharidachne kingii (S. Watson) Hack.
Family: Poaceae
Blepharidachne kingii image
Gary A. Monroe  

Plants cespitose. Culms 3-8(14) cm. Sheaths often with a tuft of hairs at the throat, sheaths immediately below the inflorescences often spathelike; ligules to 0.5 mm; blades 0.7-3 cm long, less than 1 mm wide, strongly convolute to conduplicate, stiffly arcuate, often deciduous. Panicles 10-25 mm, subcapitate, usually partially included in the 2 spathelike upper leaf sheaths. Spikelets 6-9 mm. Glumes exceeding the florets, papery and translucent, scabridulous toward the base, acuminate or awn-tipped, awns to about 1.3 mm; lower glumes 6-7.5 mm; upper glumes 6.8-8.5 mm; lowest 2 florets usually sterile; lemmas of sterile florets 3.4-5.8 mm, lateral lobes 2.2-3 mm; paleas of sterile florets linear, plumose; third florets bisexual; third lemmas with lateral lobes 0.5-1.5 mm, awned, central awns 3-5 mm; paleas of third florets subequal to slightly longer than the lemmas; anthers 2(1), about 1.5 mm. Caryopses about 2 mm, compressed. 2n = 14.

Blepharidachne kingii grows at scattered locations in arid regions of the Great Basin, sometimes being locally abundant.