Aristida longespica slim-spike three-awn Poaceae ARLO2; Bx, pb (Stalter and Lamont 2002); R (Stalter and Lamont 2002);

Aristida longespica.Anna Gardner.Iowa State (2)

Aristida longespica. Anna Gardner.Iowa State (Accessed 5/2014).

Aristida longespica is an annual C4 grass, 20-50 cm tall, in small, loose tufts, branching from lower nodes. 

Leaves alternate, blades 4-8 cm long, 0.1-0.2 cm wide. 

Flower spikelets 1-flowered, appressed; glumes almost equal 0.2-1.1 cm, lemma 0.3-1 cm, 3-awned, central awn 0.1-1 cm, lateral awns shorter, divergent; inflorescence up to half the height of the plant, very slender, spike-like; blooming and fruiting Aug.-Oct. 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry open sandy soil.