Culms (1) 4-15 cm, scabrous or puberulent; peduncles (internode below the panicles) 3-7 (11) cm. Sheaths striate, margins scarious; ligules 3-5 mm; blades (1) 2-6 cm, abaxial surfaces scabrous, adaxial surfaces scabridulous. Panicles 1-2.5 cm long, 1-1.5 cm wide, densely white-pubescent, light green or purple-tinged. Spikelets (5) 6-9 (10) mm, with (4) 6-10 florets. Lower glumes 6-8.5 mm; upper glumes 6.5-9 mm, as long as or longer than the florets; lemmas 3-5.5 mm, lobes (1) 3-3.2 mm, midveins extending into straight (1.5) 2.5-4 mm awns; paleas 2-3.5 mm, keels long pilose proximally, ciliate distally; anthers 0.2-0.5 mm. Caryopses 1-1.5 mm, translucent. 2n = 16.
Md., Colo., N.Mex., Tex., Utah, Calif., Wyo., Ariz., Nev.
Dasyochloa pulchella grows in rocky soils of arid regions. It extends from the United States to central Mexico and is the most common grass in the Larrea-Flourensia scrub of the southwestern United States and adjacent Mexico.
"decumbent" is not a number.