Compressed spikelets, linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, 2-keeled, apex obtuse, gemmiferous bracts 1 or 2, narrowly ovate, apex acute, florets 6-8, basal, 1 or 2 and apical 2 or 3 usually sterile, rachilla segments flat, apex inflated and copular.
Glumes absent or 1, ovate-elliptic, apex acute, lemma ovate-elliptic, glabrous, palea nearly as long as lemma, ciliolate near apex, 4-veined between and on either side of keels, apex acuminate with a cluster of white hairs, lodicules 3, margins long ciliate, anterior 2 slightly asymmetrical, posterior broadly elliptic.
Filaments slender, anthers yellow, apex obtuse.
Ovary broadly ovoid, stalked, apex thickened and hairy, style very short, hairy stigmas 3.
Fruit : Not known.
Flowering and Fruiting Time : October
The species is widely cultivated for the bulbous and ornamental culms.