from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of grasses of the tribe Festuceæ and the subtribe Eragrosteæ, characterized by an elongated narrow panicle, small spikelets with from two to four flowers, and awnless glumes, the empty ones being slightly smaller than the flowering ones.
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It contrasts well with ornamental grasses, such as molinia, panicum or stipa.
Chimalli xochitl in cuepontimani in mahuiztli moteca molinia in tlalli
Anemanthele lessoniana (aka Stipa arundinacea), say, or molinia - best practice is to detach seed by running the stems between forefinger and thumbnail.