HABIT Perennial. Culms decumbent; 50-72.5-100 cm long. Ligule a ciliolate membrane. Leaf-blade base with a brief petiole-like connection to sheath. Leaf-blades elliptic (1), or ovate (1). Leaf-blade venation with obscure cross veins. INFLORESCENCE Monoecious. Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes borne along a central axis; in a unilateral false spike; appressed; lanceolate; bearing 1 spikelet. Central inflorescence axis foliaceous; tip subulate. Rhachis deciduous from axis; broadly winged; terminating in a barren extension; extension flattened. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; with a barren rhachilla extension. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; gibbous; 8-9.5-11 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. GLUMES Glumes shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume subulate. Upper glume oblong; 0.33 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 5-7 -veined. Upper glume apex acute. FLORETS Basal sterile florets barren; without significant palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret oblong; coriaceous; 13-17 -veined; obtuse. Fertile florets female. Fertile lemma ovate; chartaceous; 7-11 -veined. Lemma margins involute. Lemma apex acuminate. Palea chartaceous; 2 -veined. FLOWER Lodicules 2. Anthers 4 (1), or 5, or 6 (1). MALE Male inflorescence terminal; similar to female; of racemes along a central axis. Male spikelets similar to female but less developed. Male spikelet glumes 2. DISTRIBUTION Africa.