HABIT Annual. Culms decumbent; 20-60 cm long; rooting from lower nodes. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades linear, or lanceolate; viscid. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform, or linear. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 3-6 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets orbicular; laterally compressed; 5.81-8.4 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating above glumes but not between florets. Floret callus bearded. GLUMES Glumes persistent; reaching apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 9-11 -veined. Lower glume surface villous. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume ovate; 0.75 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 9-11 -veined. Upper glume surface villous; with simple hairs, or capitate hairs. Upper glume apex acute. FLORETS Fertile lemma oblong; coriaceous; without keel; 9 -veined. Lemma lateral veins ribbed. Lemma surface villous; hairy between veins. Lemma apex emarginate; cucullate; awned; 2-3 -awned. Lateral lemma awns longer than principal. Palea 1 length of lemma. Palea keels ciliolate. Palea surface villous. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped. FLOWER Lodicules 2; fleshy. Anthers 3. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; obovoid. Embryo 0.8 length of caryopsis. DISTRIBUTION Africa.