Plants annual or perennial; tufted or cespitose. Culms 50-120 cm;
nodes densely pilose, hairs about 2 mm. Sheaths with scattered papillose-based
hairs; ligules 1-2 mm; blades 5-25 cm long, 2-5 mm wide. Rames
1-7, 3-7 cm, subdigitate, often glaucous and white-villous, spikelet-bearing to
the base, basal spikelet pairs consisting only of glumes; internodes pubescent,
hairs immediately below the nodes to 1.5 mm. Sessile bisexual spikelets
2.5-4.5 mm long, 1-1.4 mm wide; lower glumes 5-10-veined, with 0.7-1.5
mm hairs on the basal 1/2 and about 3 mm papillose-based hairs on the distal portion
of the keels and in a transverse subapical arch; awns 2-3.5 cm, twice-geniculate.
Pedicellate spikelets about 3 mm, usually sterile. 2n = 20.
Dichanthium sericeum is an Australian species. There are two subspecies:
D. sericeum (R. Br.) A. Camus subsp. sericeum is a perennial with
sessile spikelets 4-4.5 mm long and to 1-1.4 mm wide, 9-10-veined lower glumes,
and rames more than 4 cm long; D. sericeum subsp. humilius (J.M.
Black) B.K. Simon is an annual, with sessile spikelets up to 4 mm long and about
1 mm wide, 5-7-veined lower glumes, and rames less than 4 cm long. Dichanthium
sericeum subsp. sericeum is established in Texas and Florida.