HABIT Annual. Culms decumbent; 4-25 cm long; wiry. Ligule a ciliate membrane. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes; subtended by a spatheole; embraced at base by subtending leaf. Racemes borne along a central axis; in a multilateral false spike; oblong; bearing few fertile spikelets; bearing 2 fertile spikelets on each. Rhachis obsolete; deciduous from axis. Spikelets in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile; 2 in the cluster. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets cuneate; laterally compressed; 3-4 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. GLUMES Glumes collateral; exceeding apex of florets. Lower glume subulate; 1 length of upper glume. Lower glume surface villous. Upper glume subulate. Upper glume surface villous. FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; gibbous; coriaceous; keeled; 3 -veined. Lemma midvein ciliate. Lemma margins ciliate. Lemma apex acute; awned; 1 -awned. Palea 1 length of lemma; coriaceous; 2 -veined. FLOWER Anthers 3. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; obovoid; isodiametric; trigonous. DISTRIBUTION Africa, or Temperate Asia.