Perennial, +/- erect except at decumbent base, rooting at lower nodes, villous especially at nodes. Sheaths much shorter than internodes, prominently ribbed, villous; blades linear-lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, acuminate, inequilateral and obtuse to rounded at base, 5-10 cm long, 7-20 mm wide, glabrous or with deciduous stiff trichomes on upper surface. Inflorescences with a few short branches from upper node of stem, the longest panicles 7-12 cm long and 2-4 cm wide, beginning to branch 2.5-5.5 cm from base; axillary nodes of stems usually without visible inflorescences; spikelets 3.5-4 mm long, scabrous on keel of first and second glumes; first glume about two-thirds the length of spikelet, acute to acuminate; second glume much longer than fruit, acuminate to +/- aristate; sterile lemma slightly longer than fruit, long-ciliate, blunt. Fruits oblong-elliptic, ca 2 mm long, dull white. Croat 8351, 12868. Rare, along trails in the forest, mostly on the western side of the island.