HABIT Annual. Culms geniculately ascending; 28-70 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blade margins cartilaginous. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes borne along a central axis; unilateral. Rhachis angular. Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets sessile. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension, or with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate; subterete; 5-6 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus pubescent. GLUMES Glumes lower persistent, upper deciduous; exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume lanceolate; 0.8-0.9 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 1.8-2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume apex acute. FLORETS Fertile lemma elliptic; membranous; without keel; 3 -veined. Lemma midvein pubescent. Lemma margins ciliate. Lemma apex dentate; 2 -fid; awned; 1 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels ciliate. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped. FLOWER Anthers 3. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; dorsally compressed; plano-convex. DISTRIBUTION Africa.