Freely branching perennial, to 70 cm long; culms decumbent-spreading, rooting at the nodes, glabrous to short-pubescent, the pubescence most dense in slender rows. Sheaths shorter than or +/- equal to the internodes, glabrous to hispid, the margins ciliate; blades 3-10.5 cm long, 10-20 mm wide, +/- asymmetrical, usually short-pubescent on upper and lower surfaces, the margins scabrid. Inflorescence to 20 cm long, a terminal panicle of 3-7 widely spaced racemes 1.5-4 cm long, the rachis minutely and densely scabrid with pustular hispid trichomes; spikelets 3-4 mm long excluding awns; glumes about equal, two-thirds the length of the sterile lemma, sparsely pubescent, awned; awns glabrous, 5-12 mm long on first glume, 2-4 mm long on second; sterile lemma exceeding fruit, acuminate. Fruits indurate, white, shiny, ca 3 mm long, minutely striate. Croat 13267. Common on trails in the forest and sometimes on rocks in streams. Flowers are most abundant in the early dry season.