Tufted annual to perennial grass to 90 cm tall with finger like seed heads.
Emerging leaves folded in the bud.
Blade - 60-300 mm long by 1.5-8 mm wide, shiny, smooth or rough to touch. folded initially then flattens, tapers to a fine point or blunt tip. A few, long, wart based hairs, especially on edges near base.
Sheath - Flattened, keeled. Has a few, long, wart based hairs especially on the edges.
To 900 mm tall, tough and wiry, smooth, flattened, laying down to ascending, tufted or rarely spreading. Branching at the base and may form a mat. May be bent at the lower nodes. The stems do not form roots at he nodes.
Flower stem -
Umbel of spikes. 2-10, green, stalkless spikes rarely up to 10, 20-150 mm long, 5 mm wide in a finger like cluster at the top of the stem with one or two lower down on the stem usually. Spikelets loosely overlapping and in 2 rows on the underside. Rachis flattened and winged.
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