Chloropyron maritimum subsp. canescens
Syst. Bot. 34: 188. 2009.
Stems 15–40 cm, canescent, villous, hairs spreading; branches erect or ascending, distals overtopping central spike. Leaves 15–30 mm. Spikes: bract margins entire or distally 2-toothed. Flowers: corolla-tube and abaxial lip white to pale-pink, galea yellow to yellow-green. Seeds 25–40, 1–1.5 mm. 2n = 30.
Phenology: Flowering Jun–Sep.
Habitat: Inland alkaline flats.
Elevation: 600–1900 m.
Calif., Nev., Oreg., Utah.
Subspecies canescens is the most widespread of the subspecies. Plants are always erect and have ascending branches. The stems are villous with conspicuous, straight, spreading white hairs.