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 Culms dark green, 38–139 cm in height (reportedly > 200 cm when supported by associated shrubs), 0.9–2.2 mm in diameter at the base, branching profusely. Leaf sheaths open, closely appressed, 5.2–21.0 mm in length, borne at intervals of 20.0–70.0 mm, light green to light brown early in the season maturing dark brown; mouth ciliate with a tuft of woolly white hairs. Lamina strongly reflexed from leaf sheath, 2.2–7.5 mm long, light green when young maturing dark brown. Spikelets brown; male spikelet 6.8–9.0 mm long, anthers 1.9–2.5 mm; female spikelet 5.8–8.9 mm; nutlets dark brown approximately 2.7 mm long. Flowering Aug.–Oct. See Figure 9.

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