Plants acaulescent; caudices short, vertical, subterranean, with many rosettes. Leaf blades not wiry, lax, grasslike, flattened, 30-100 cm × (3.5-)4-12 mm, not glaucous; margins serrulate, with close-set, cartilaginous, corneous teeth; inflorescence leaf blades 25-60 cm. Scape 3-7 dm. Inflorescences paniculate, 3-10 × 1-3.5 dm; bracts caducous, 1-15 cm; bractlets to 2 mm, margins hyaline. Flowers: tepals yellow-green, 1.8-2.5 mm, margins hyaline; fertile stamens: filaments 1.2-1.5 mm, anthers 0.7-1 mm; pedicel pendulous or recurved, proximal to joint 1-2 mm, distal to joint 2-5(-6) mm. Capsules winged, slightly inflated, 6-10 × (6-)7-11 mm, notched basally and apically. Seeds loosely invested in capsules, rounded, 3.1-4.2 × 2.4-3.3 mm.
Flowering spring. Limestone hills of open woodlands and scrubland; 400--600 m; Tex.
Nolina lindheimeriana is quite infrequent and becoming more so as its habitat is destroyed through development or overgrazing.