Plants rhizomatous; rhizomes elongate, 2.5-5 mm thick, scaly. Culms
80-120 cm. Lower sheaths pilose; ligules about 0.5 mm, membranous,
ciliate; blades 2-7 mm wide, flat, both surfaces sparsely pilose
basally, margins smooth or scabridulous; upper leaves with glabrous
sheaths and blades.
Panicles 9-15 cm long, 1-4 cm wide, nodding, purplish; branches
appressed or narrowly ascending; pedicels 2-3(3.5) mm. Spikelets
7-10 mm, with 3-5 florets. Glumes glabrous, 1-veined; lower glumes
3.5-4.5 mm; upper glumes 4-5 mm; calluses sparsely pilose; lemmas
4-5 mm, veins pilose at least to midlength, all 3 veins excurrent as short
paleas 3-3.5 mm, glabrous, bases bowed-out; anthers 1-2(2.5)
Caryopses 2-2.5 mm. 2n = unknown.
Tridens carolinianus grows in pinelands and open sandy woods along the
coastal plain from North Carolina to Louisiana.