Distichlis spicata

(Greek, two-ranked). Graminea. SALT-GRASS. MARSH SPIKE-GRASS. D. Spicata, Greene, is an upright, wiry grass, 10-20 in. high, with strong extensively creeping rootstocks. A salt-grass found on the coast of both continents, and thrives even in ground heavily crusted with alkali and other salts. Prospectors and miners consider its presence a sure sign of water near the surface. Good grass for binding loose sands or soils subject to wash. Not cult. P.B. Kennedy.