Perennial tufted grass, up to 90 cm with red culms. It may be confused with subsp. huillensis
but it is much smaller and the pedicelled spikelets are either totally surpressed or vestigial. The infls
appear more plumose. Inflorescence - fluffy, bright white. Leaves are concentrated at base of the plant.
Leaf sheath is prominently flattened. Flowers from November to May
Grows in damp soil, In vleis, seepage areas, wet roadsides and along river banks.
DRC and E Africa south to Angola and S Africa; also Madagascar
Unpalatable grass which offers little grazing. Important grass for stabilising disturbed moist soil and is a
good indicator of poorly drained soil.
Swaziland's Flora Database