Stems 15-120 cm, usually several, erect or ascending, glabrous, smooth, shiny. Leaves and sheaths more or less villous; ligule very short, truncate. Inflorescence up to 35 cm. Spikelets 10-18 mm. Glumes shorter than the spikelets, glabrous and scabrid on the veins or sometimes villous, the lower 3-6 mm, lanceolate, acute, the upper (7-)8-10(-12) mm, oblong, obtuse. Lemma c. 7 mm, lanceolate, glabrous or sometimes villous, with a geniculate awn c. 10 mm. Anthers 4- 5 mm. Grain 2.5 × 0.5 mm.