Spiny, densely sprawling or erect, robust perennial, up to 2 m tall; culm internodes often dark. Leaf blades thin, pungent, breaking off early; ligule a fringe of hairs. Inflorescence a narrow, interrupted panicle. Spikelets 10-14 mm long (excluding awns)
River courses and loose gravels.
Widespread from central Namibia to Great Karoo.