Dichanthelium leucothrix is a perennial C3 grass (Aliscioni et al. 2003), to 40 cm, pale dull green, often reddish, most parts hairy, stems erect to reclining, densely tufted, autumn phase prostrate, forming mats, copiously branched from all nodes, hairs on some sheaths and internodes of 2 types, short and long together, ligule a single band of hairs 0.1-0.4 cm.
Leaves alternate, of 2 types, short, wide leaves of winter rosette and longer stem leaves, blade 2-6 cm long, 0.2-0.5 cm wide, hairy on both sides, leaves of upper stem of autumn phase branches progressively smaller but narrow; primary
Flower spikelets finely hairy, 0.1-0.2 cm, less than half as long as 2nd glume; inflorescence 6-10 cm, narrow, autumn phase spikes 1-2 cm, often hidden in branches.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent.
Habitat: Open, dry sandy soil.
Notes: Seeds of Panicum sp. eaten by many birds, foliage eaten by Muskrats and rabbits (Martin et al. 1951).