Piptatheropsis pungens "(Torr. ex Spreng.) Romasch., P.M.Peterson & R.J.Soreng "
Family: Poaceae
mountain rice grass, short-horned rice grass
[Milium pungens Torr. ex Spreng.,  more...]
Piptatheropsis pungens image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
Piptatheropsis pungens image
University of Wisconsin - Madison (WIS-VP)  
Etymology: Piptatheropsis: Greek pipto for "to fall" and opsis for "like" or "resembling"
Plants: perennial grass
Conservation Status: Native
Dry, rocky forests (including lake dune forests) of pine, pine-oak, oak-hickory, maple-conifers, aspen, usually in clearings or near the bases of trees; also along roadsides, sandy bog edges, in brushy prairies, on talus slopes and sandstone cliffs, pine barrens, sand dunes, prairie openings atop bluffs, oak or pine savannas, rock outcrops, bracken grasslands.

This species superficially resembles some species of Dichanthelium but differs in its lack of a panicoid spikelet and presence of a short awn. Primarily found in the sandy soils of the Central Sands but also in similar areas of the northwest, northeast, and north central counties. The populations in Manitowoc Co. are growing in wooded dunes along Lake Michigan.