Awns markedly unequal; central awns 8-25 mm, straight
to curving; lateral awns absent or to 2 mm, erect. 2n = 22, 44.
Aristida ternipes var. ternipes, like var. gentilis,
grows on dry slopes and plains and along roadsides, but its range is somewhat
different, extending from Arizona to Texas south through Mexico and Central
America to South America.