Very distinctive forest understory grasses, with slender, long-awned spikelets. The rachilla is prolonged as a rather conspicuous bristle back of the palea. Saarela et al. (2003) provide evidence for the presence of two species in eastern North America.
1. Lemmas scabrous to hispidulous, the hairs up to 0.2 mm long in the middle portions of the lemma.
1. Lemmas strongly hispid, the hairs 0.3–0.8 mm long in the middle portions of the lemma.
All species found in Brachyelytrum
MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. May 25, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/genus.aspx?id=Brachyelytrum.