Stoloniferous perennial. Leaf-blades have in-rolled margins
and a very hard, needle-like point, more rarely softer and flat. Spikes
very dense cylindrical and narrow, pale (Napper, 1965).
Throughout tropical Africa, especially Kenya, Tanzania and
300-2 000 m in Tanzania.
Occurs in alkaline sandy soils, often on saline lake shores.
Alkaline sandy soils, often on lake shores, rarely on open
Dominates the grass cover of the salt pans of the Siloana Plains
of Western Province, Zambia (Verboom & Brunt, 1970).