Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Once learned, this is a highly distinct witchgrass. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales
Flora of North America
Dichanthelium dichotomum ssp. roanokense
Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
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Bruce A. Sorrie bas_dich_caerulescens7
May Dare County NC
Vernal panicle 3-7cm long; spikelets obovoid, turgid, glabrous, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.
Bruce A. Sorrie bas_dich_caerulescens1
June Dare County NC
Mature vernal panicles usually short-exserted with ascending branches, per Weakley's Flora (2015).
Bruce A. Sorrie bas_dich_caerulescens5
September Dare County NC
Autumnal phase w short densely fascicled branches at middle & upper nodes, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.