Description from Flora of China
Asperella duthiei Stapf ex J. D. Hooker, Fl. Brit. India 7: 375. 1896 ["1897"].
Culms 80–100 cm tall, 4- or 5-noded. Leaf sheath glabrous or puberulent proximally; ligule ca. 1 mm, apex truncate; leaf blade 10–15 cm, glabrous or adaxial surface pilose; rachis pale puberulent. Spikelets 2 per node, 3–4 mm, with 1 floret. Glumes usually absent, especially in proximal spikelets. Lemma lanceolate, 9–11 mm, 5-veined, with prickly hairs abaxially; callus obtuse, pubescent; awn 1.5–2.5 cm. Palea slightly shorter than lemma, laxly ciliate along keels. Anthers yellow, ca. 5 mm. Fl. and fr. May–Aug.
Forest margins, thickets; ca. 2000 m. Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Sichuan, Xizang, Yunnan, Zhejiang [N India, Nepal].