Chloris verticillata windmill; finger-grass Poaceae CHVI*; Q, j; K, fbb (D. P. Wijesinghe 2015 p.c.); fl (D. P. Wijesinghe 2015 p.c.); R;

Chloris verticillata.Billy E. Warrick, Ph.D.Uvalde Research and extention Center.Texas A&M University

Chloris verticillata. Billy E. Warrick, Ph.D.Uvalde Research and extention Center.Texas A&M University (Accessed 4/2014).

Chloris verticillata is a perennial grass (probably C4; see Waller and Lewis 1979), stems densely tufted, 10-40 cm tall. 

Leaves mostly near base, sheaths compressed; blade 5-15 cm long, 0.2-0.4 cm wide, light green. 

Chloris verticillata spikelets. By Anna Gardner. Copyright © 2018. Ada Hayden Herbarium – Iowa State U. New England Wild Flower Society. (Accessed 1/2018).

Flower spikelets with 1 fertile floret and one or several empty lemmas above it; glumes unequal, 0.2-0.4 cm, tip short-awned; lower, fertile lemma less than 0.3 cm, margins hairy, awn 0.5-0.9 cm, from near tip, sterile lemma much shorter, with an awn to 0.5 cm.; inflorescence of numerous spikes 6-15 cm long, in whorls along a short axis; blooms and fruits June-Oct. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Midwestern and western USA. 

Habitat: Dry prairies.