Weak perennial or annual, up to 0.6 m tall. Leaves linear, rolled, thread-like, often curved, scabrid; ligule a fringe of hairs (ligule in Stipa capensis a fringed membrane). Inflorescence a narrow, interrupted panicle. Spikelets 9-12 mm long (excluding a
Sandy soils and gravel flats.
Central Namibia through southern Namibian Escarpment and Upper Karoo to Little Karoo.