HABIT Perennial. Stolons absent, or present. Culms geniculately ascending; 8-60 cm long; rooting from lower nodes. Ligule a fringe of hairs. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels linear. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2-6 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 9-18 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus linear; bearded; base truncate. Floret callus elongated; pubescent; pungent. GLUMES Glumes exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 1 length of upper glume; chartaceous; 1-keeled; 5-10 -veined. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume lanceolate; 3 length of adjacent fertile lemma; chartaceous; without keels; 3-5 -veined. Upper glume apex acute. FLORETS Fertile lemma oblong; cartilaginous; without keel; 7-9 -veined. Lemma surface pubescent. Lemma apex lobed; 2 -fid; incised 0.3 of lemma length; awned; 3 -awned. Principal lemma awn from a sinus; geniculate. Lateral lemma awns shorter than principal. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea keels approximate. FLOWER Lodicules 2. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp. Hilum linear; 0.8-0.9 length of caryopsis. DISTRIBUTION Africa.