Scientific NameDichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum
Other Common Names:
short-leaved panic grass
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Panicum lanuginosum var. implicatum
Panicum lindheimeri var. fasciculatum
Panicum lanuginosum var. tennesseense
Panicum lanuginosum var. huachucae
It grows in a decumbent to upright habit, and can reach 0.5 to 2 ft in height.
Leaves are 3 1/2 in long and 1 to 8 mm wide. They are hairy on both surfaces, and the sheaths are also hairy. The leaf has a medium hairy ligule (2 to 4 mm) and taller than other Dichanthelium species.
This grass forms clumps and has a decumbent to upright habit reaching 2 ft in height. It is one of the hairest Dichanthelium species, and has one of the taller ligules as well. The entire plant including the panicle seedhead has hairs.
Flower Seed Head
Panicle that is up to 4 inches long and 3 inches wide. The rachis and branches can be hairy and rough with spikelets that are elliptical and 1.4 to 2.2 mm long. The spikelets can range from hairless to hairy depending on maturity.
The seed grain is 1 to 1.2 mm long
Found in sunny to partial shade environments around wooded areas and fields/pastures. Native to all of the mainland United States and Canada (not Alaska)
Leaf Hair on Upper Surface
hairs from base to tip
rolled in bud
Mature Leaf Width
less than 5 mm,
6 to 15 mm
more than 3 mm