HABIT Annual. Culms decumbent; 10-30 cm long. Ligule a ciliate membrane. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes single; multilateral. Spikelets ascending, or spreading; solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform, or linear; tip widened. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1-2 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; laterally compressed; 6-8.5 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with the pedicel. GLUMES Glumes exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 1 length of upper glume; coriaceous; without keels; 5 -veined. Lower glume surface hispidulous. Lower glume apex awned. Upper glume ovate; 3 length of adjacent fertile lemma; coriaceous; without keels; 5 -veined. Upper glume surface pubescent. Upper glume apex acute; awned; 1 -awned. FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; membranous; without keel; 1-3 -veined. Lemma apex obtuse, or acute. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp. DISTRIBUTION Africa.