Fluffgrass , Desert Fluffgrass, Low Woollygrass

Dasyochloa pulchella (Kunth) Willd. ex Rydb.



This low, tufted grass has slender, rough stems. Each stem consists of one long internode that bears narrow leaves and takes root to produce a separate plant. The leaves are short, rough, and sharp-pointed. The panicle usually does not exceed the length of the leaves and contains one to five large, woolly spikelets attached directly to the panicle with 6 to 12 white florets. The glumes are awned. Fluffgrass is a perennial, warm-season, native around 2 to 6 inches or 5 to 15 cm tall. Poor grazing for livestock and wildlife.


Grows on arid range sites of West Texas, including dry, rocky slopes and desert flats.