Muhlenbergia 3: 133. 1907.
Stems erect, spreading, or decumbent, 10–40 cm, puberulent or villous, sometimes glabrescent, hairs glandular and eglandular. Leaf-blades narrowly lanceolate, 5–30 × 2–8 mm, margins entire. Spikes 2–9 cm; bracts often purple distally, lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 15–30 mm, margins entire or distally 2-toothed. Flowers: calyx 15–25 mm; corolla white to pale-yellow or pale-pink, 15–25 mm, lobes 4–5 mm, often marked with redbrown or purple-red lines; stamens 4, proximal with 2 pollen-sacs, distal pair with 1 pollen-sac and 1 infertile appendage; staminodes 0. Capsules narrowly ovoid, 6–10 mm. Seeds 10–40, dark-brown, ovoid to reniform, 1–3 mm, without abaxial crest.
Calif., Nev., Oreg., Utah, nw Mexico
Subspecies 3 (3 in the flora).
There are intermediates between the subspecies (T. I. Chuang and L. R. Heckard 1973).
|1||Seeds 25–40, 1–1.5 mm; galeas yellow to yellow-green.||Chloropyron maritimum subsp. canescens|
|1||Seeds 10–20, 1.5–3 mm; galeas purple-red, brown-red, or pink.||> 2|
|2||Stem branches: distal usually overtopping central spike; galeas purple-red or brown-red.||Chloropyron maritimum subsp. maritimum|
|2||Stem branches not overtopping central spike; galeas pink or purple-red.||Chloropyron maritimum subsp. palustre|