Plants grayish-green, cespitose. Basal rosettes
poorly differentiated; blades 2-8 cm, ovate to lanceolate, grading into
the cauline blades. Culms 20-55 cm, erect; nodes densely bearded;
internodes densely villous; fall phase with spreading culms branching
from the lower and midculm nodes, eventually producing flabellate clusters of
reduced, flat blades, secondary panicles much reduced. Cauline leaves
3-4; sheaths shorter than the internodes, pilose with ascending papillose-based
hairs to villous; ligules 0.5-2 mm, of hairs; blades 4-12 cm long,
2-8 mm wide, stiffly ascending to erect, often wrinkled along the prominent
veins, usually villous on both surfaces, apices involute-pointed, blades of
the flag leaves much reduced. Primary panicles 3-7 cm long, 1-4 cm wide,
well-exserted; branches usually ascending, glabrous or puberulent. Spikelets
2.3-3 mm long, 1.4-1.8 mm wide, obovoid, biconvex in side view, densely pubescent,
attenuate basally. Lower glumes about 1/3 as long as the spikelets, attached
about 0.2 mm below the upper glumes, clasping at the base, broadly triangular,
thinner than the upper glumes, weakly veined; upper glumes with 5-9 prominent
veins; lower florets sterile; upper florets broadly ellipsoid,
apices blunt, minutely puberulent. 2n = 18.
Dichanthelium consanguineum grows in sandy woodlands and low, boggy pinelands.
It is restricted to the southeastern United States. The primary panicles are
open-pollinated and produced from April to June; the secondary panicles are
cleistogamous and produced from June into fall. Some specimens of D. consanguineum
suggest that hybridization occasionally occurs with D.
aciculare or D.