A tufted annual with prostrate or erect, stems, up to 40 cm long. Stems are hairless, geniculate at the base, slender and compressed. Leaves up to 20 cm long, flat, or folded. Inflorescence consists of a cluster of 2 to 8 digitate, flattened racemes, 5 to 15 cm long and 5 mm wide, often with one raceme positioned about 1 cm below the others. Each raceme is composed of numerous spikelets, each about 3 mm long, and each spikelet composed of 3 to 10 florets. The lower glume is about 1.5 mm long, and the upper about 3 mm long. The lemma is the same size as the upper glume.
Local: Rare in Gibraltar, as a weed in cultivated plots.
Global: Thought native to Africa and tropical Asia, but now spread throughout the tropical and sub-tropical world.
Flowers from May to September
Grows as a serious weed in cultivated areas, roadsides, disturbed and waste ground.