A very small annual. Stem 1–2 in. long. Leaves few, shorter than the stem, 1/20 in. broad, weak. Head 1, of 8 spikelets; bracts 2, lower 1 in. long, similar to the leaves. Spikelets 1/6 by 1/25 in., compressed, straw-coloured red-tinged, 6–8-flowered. Glumes closely packed, boat-shaped, the green keel subexcurrent into a mucro. Stamens 2–1; anthers short-oblong, very small. Style long, slender, branches 2 much shorter than the style, or the style sometimes only minutely notched. Nut minute, pyriform, plano-convex, black, minutely punctate.
British East Africa Ongalea Mountains; alt. 2750 ft., Gregory, 14!
in Journ. Bot. 1896, 224.