Rhizome necks solid, 0.1–1 m. Culms 2-4 m tall, 0.5–1.5 cm thick, pluricespitose in dense spreading thickets; internodes 10–30 cm long, glabrous, lightly waxy at first, apically persistently white-waxy below node, smooth, glossy mid green; nodes slightly raised, glabrous. Branches to 5–9 initially, subequal. Culm sheaths to 20 cm, glabrous, deciduous, margins cilate; auricles small, rounded, often deciduous; oral setae mainly spreading, to 2–8 mm; ligule ciliate. Leaf sheaths glabrous, margins glabrous; auricles distinct, rounded to falcate; oral setae spreading, 4–6 mm, thin; ligule rounded 2–3 mm, glabrous, shortly ciliate; external ligule not distinct, glabrous; blade 6–12 cm long, 0.5–1.5 cm wide, adaxially more or less glossy mid to dark green, smooth, abaxially sparsely pilose. Spikelets long, narrow; rhachilla densely pubescent with white apical pilose ring; lemmas scabrous, mucronate, with pronounced midrib; palea pubescent between scabrous or ciliate keels.
Yushania anceps is native to NW India and W Nepal. It was introduced to Europe in the late 19th Century. Leaves are narrower, glossier, and hardier than those of Y. maling.