Dichanthelium villosissimum var. villosissimum is a perennial C3 grass (Aliscioni et al. 2003) 10-30 cm, hairy, slender, erect or ascending at first bloom, later elongating to up to 60 cm, tufted, stems and leaves pale gray-green, finely warty (papillose)-hairy, hairs 0.1-0.5 cm all similar; autumnal phase ascending to prostrate, branches and leaves short,
Leaves 3-10 cm long, 0.3-1.3 cm wide, hairy on both sides, sheaths shorter than internodes, ligule of long hairs 0.2-0.5 cm, extending beyond top of sheath.
Flower spikelets finely hairy, 1.5-2.5 mm; primary panicle 2-6 cm, oval; blooms May-July; autumnal phase panicles often hidden, July-Oct. Seeds of Panicum sp. eaten by many birds, foliage eaten by Muskrats and rabbits.
Wetland status: NL.
Frequency in NYC: Infrequent
Habitat: Dry woods, along trails. Appears somewhat shade tolerant (personal observation).