HABIT Perennial. Culms erect; 20-60 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades coriaceous. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes single; bilateral. Rhachis fragile at the nodes; semiterete. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis; lax. Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 3-6 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 4.5-7 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. GLUMES Glumes collateral; shorter than spikelet; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume oblong; 1 length of upper glume; coriaceous; without keels; 5 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins ribbed. Lower glume apex obtuse. Upper glume oblong; 1-1.4 length of adjacent fertile lemma; coriaceous; without keels; 5 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins ribbed. Upper glume apex obtuse. FLORETS Fertile lemma elliptic; membranous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma apex obtuse. Palea keels ciliolate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped. FLOWER Anthers 3. Ovary glabrous. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; oblong; dorsally compressed. Hilum elliptic. DISTRIBUTION Africa.