Annual with fibrous roots. Leaves half as long as the stems, sometimes slightly falcate, rather firm, flat, obtuse to rather acute, glabrous, scabrid on the margins in the upper part, greyish green, 1-2 mm wide; Inflorescence simple or subcompound, loose, with few to several spikelets, 2-7 cm long. Stamen 1;
Asia-Tropical: India present; Malaya (Peninsular Malaysia present); Philippines (Philippines present), Kedah present, Luzon present, SE. Asia present, Selangor present, W. and E. Java present
SE. Asia, from India to Malesia: Malay Peninsula (Kedah, Selangor), ? W. and E. Java, Philippines (Luzon).
The collections from the Malay Peninsula and the Philippines perfectly agree with the type- collection from India. In the Java collections the ligule consists of a few hairs only, the glumes are more acute, and the nuts slightly different in shape. They may represent a local race or a closely related species.