Perennial, with short, nodose or corm-like rhizome. Leaves narrowly linear, glabrous, more or less scabrid on the margins, 2-3 mm wide; Inflorescence narrow, consisting of 2-4 distant to approximate, small clusters, 3-12 cm long;
Asia-Tropical: New Guinea present, New Caledonia present, Pacific: Tonga (Tonga present), tropical Australia present
Tropical Australia, New Caledonia, Tonga; in Malesia: New Guinea (3 collections).
The bisexual spikelets are mostly prevalent, but in one of the Australian specimens in the Leyden Herbarium I found only strictly ♂ spikelets. Is there a tendency to dioecism in this species?