Description: Perennial grass from long rhizomes; stems slender, stiff, numerous, 30-100 cm tall. Leaf sheaths open; blades in-rolled or flat at base, 1-3 mm wide; ligules blunt, finely hairy, less than 1 mm long. Inflorescence of 3 to 6, ascending to spreading, densely graduated spikes, 2-5 cm long, spikelets 1-flowered, in two rows on one side of the axis; glumes 1-nerved, unequal, the lower ones linear, 2.5-4 mm long, rough on the keels, short-awned.
Ecology: Salt marshes in the lowland zone; rare in SW BC, known only from Comox and Vancouver.
Notes: Invasive. Often found growing intermixed with Distichlis spicata.