Habit : A grass with stem tufted, leafy below, simple or branched, the branches densely leafy, geniculate, ascending from a decumbent base or wholly decumbent, nodes glabrous.
Variable in length, linear-lanceolate, acuminate, flat, very glaucous, ciliate, striate, lowest sheaths short, broad, pale.
The intermediate ones more or less herbaceous, the upper most tumid, ligule a slender ciliate rim.
Inflorescence and Flowers :
A cylindric spike-like panicle, rachis slender, straight, pubescent.
Spikelets 0.3 cm long.
Glumes 3 or 2, lower involucral glume very minute, hyaline.
Upper involucral glume slightly curved, involute, enveloping the floral glume, strongly 5-ribbed, with rows of stout hooked spines along the ribs, thin between the ribs, floral glume solitary, oblong-lanceolate, shortly apiculate.
Flowering and Fruiting Time : October
Significance : This grass is said to be nutritious and much grazed in the rains.