HABIT Annual. Culms geniculately ascending; 15-35 cm long. Lateral branches lacking, or sparse. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades lanceolate, or ovate. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes; embraced at base by subtending leaf. Racemes single; multilateral. Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels oblong; tip cupuliform. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 1.3-1.8 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus base obtuse. GLUMES Glumes exceeding apex of florets; firmer than fertile lemma. Lower glume elliptic; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume surface scabrous. Lower glume apex obtuse, or acute. Upper glume elliptic; 2-3 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 1 -veined. Upper glume surface scabrous. Upper glume apex obtuse, or acute. FLORETS Fertile lemma lanceolate; hyaline; keeled; 1 -veined. Lemma apex attenuate. FLOWER Anthers 2. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; laterally compressed. Embryo 0.4 length of caryopsis. Hilum punctiform. DISTRIBUTION Africa.