Brachyelytrum erectum (Schreb. ex Spreng.) P. Beauv.
Long-awned Wood Grass, Bearded Shorthusk, False Brome
This grass is native to North America.
Identification: Culms (grass stalks) are 24-39" (60-100 cm) tall, with back-turned bristly hairs. Grass blades are 2½-6" (7-15 cm) long and ⅜-½" (1-1.5 cm) wide. They are scabrous, which if you’re a plant, means covered with a rough and bristly surface. (If you happen to be a person instead, it means you are obscene or risqué. Go figure.) The panicles (flowering heads) are 1¾-6" (5-15 cm) long.
Brachyelytrum erectum at Illinois Wildflowers
Brachyelytrum erectum on Missouriplants.com
Brachyelytrum erectum at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium
Brachyelytrum erectum at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation
Brachyelytrum erectum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Brachyelytrum erectum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.