Culms 1-2 m, glabrous below the panicle except the often hirsute nodes; blades 6-10 mm wide, glabrous or sometimes pilose at the very base; panicle very strict and narrow, with closely appressed branches; spikelets brown or green, 8-10 mm, scabrous-puberulent, naked at base or with a few inconspicuous subtending hairs 1-2 mm; awn 15-20 mm, subterete, straight or loosely flexuous; 2n=30. Moist or wet soil; se. Va. to s. Mo., Fla., and Tex. (Saccharum baldwinii)
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.