Habit: Plants dioecious, fruticose, densely tufted, glomerose, approximately 40 cm tall, 20-30 cm in diameter. Rhizome compact, densely villous with ferruginous to pale hairs, 1.8-2.1 mm in diameter; scale leaves straw-coloured, broadly lanceolate, overlapping, 0.8 mm long. Culms terete, branched, pubescent and finely scabrous, pale green, more or less erect, 30-50 cm long; culm nodes more or less equidistant,10-15 per culm and each giving rise to branchlets; cataphylls strawcoloured, overlapping, ribbed and lanceolate, 3 mm long; culm sheaths light brown to straw-coloured, striate, ovate (3 mm wide, 9 mm long), hairy on outer surface and margins with a dense apical fringe of longer hairs (1-1.3 mm long), apex aristate, apex aristate, sparsely hairy, lamina diverging from sheath, 7-12 mm long; culm branchlets bearing lateral branches and flattened irregular branchlets of a higher order in texture and surface similar to culms, sheaths usually narrower. Spikelets, branches and branchlets arising together giving the nodes a glomerose appearance. Male Spikelets sessile, clustered in axils of culm sheaths, or terminal on branchlets, 1-5 per cluster, broadly fusiform 4-6mm long, 1-1.5 mm broad, each subtended by 20-30 imbricate rigid hyaline glumes; glumes pale straw in colour, with a brown mucro, 3-3.4 mm long, 1-1.2 mm wide. Male flowers sessile, 3-6 per spikelet; tepals 6, 3-6 mm long, linear-lanceolate ; stamens 3, exserted. Female spikelets similar to males, fusiform, 4-5 mm long, 0.8-1 mm wide; glumes 4-7, closely adpressed, 1.5-3.5 mm long with a 1.5-2.5 mm long mucro, uppermost glumes fertile, subequal, hairy on outer surfaces; lower glumes with broad, green flattened apex. Female flowers one per spikelet; tepals 6, linear-lanceolate, 3-6 mm long; stigma unbranched, red 4-7 mm long, plumose. Fruit a uniovulate nut, 5 mm long, 1 1mm wide, elongate with a blunt apex, outer fruit wall ribbed; seed brown to cream coloured.