HABIT Perennial. Culms decumbent; 80-150 cm long; spongy; rooting from lower nodes. Ligule a fringe of hairs. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 basal sterile florets; 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 8-10 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with the pedicel. Rhachilla internodes elongated below proximal fertile floret. Rhachilla elongation slender. GLUMES Glumes exceeding apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate, or oblate; membranous; without keels; 0-3 -veined. Lower glume apex obtuse, or acute. Upper glume elliptic; chartaceous; without keels; 7 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins ribbed. Upper glume surface scabrous. Upper glume apex attenuate; awned; 1 -awned. FLORETS Basal sterile florets male; with palea. Lemma of lower sterile floret lanceolate; chartaceous; 5 -veined; acuminate. Fertile lemma elliptic; coriaceous; without keel; 7 -veined. Lemma margins involute. Lemma apex acuminate. Palea coriaceous. FLOWER Lodicules 2; fleshy. DISTRIBUTION Africa.