Faragua Erect perennial, l-2 (2.5) m tall; culms glabrous, in large dense clumps. Sheaths glabrous or strigose between veins, especially near margins; blades to ca 35 cm long, 2-8 mm wide, glabrous or scaberulous, usually scabrid on margins. Inflorescences usually open, 20-40 cm or more long, with paired racemes at ends of ultimate branchlets subtended by a narrow spathe; peduncles long, slender, strigose; racemes 2-4 cm long; spikelets 3-4 mm long, densely covered with long reddish-brown trichomes, paired, the pedicellate one awnless; sessile spikelets with geniculate, reddish-brown awn 1.5-2 cm long. Fruits not seen. Croat 6995. This species is the most abundant grass along roadsides in the Canal Zone and one of the most widely used forage grasses in lowland Panama, forming virtually complete stands where grazed and burned.