Culm up to 50-100 cm tall, 2 mm in diameter. Blade narrowly linear-lanceolate, 20-30 cm long, 6-15 mm wide; ligule minute, 0.5 mm long, truncate; auricle present. Spike cylindrical, flat, 10-15 mm long excluding the awn.Spikelets with 2fertile florets, 10 mm long; glumes very narrow, subulate, subequal, 1-3-nerved, shortly awn-tipped, 18 mm long; lemma deltoid-lanceolate, 5-nerved, hispid along midnerve and margins, as long as the spikelet, long awned; palea deltoid-lanceolate, as long as the lemma, 2-keeled, margins overlapping, truncate, minutely ciliate.
TIPEI: Taipei, Kao s. n. June 22, 1960. NANTOU: Chienching, Feng & Kao 4542.
Largely cultivated in Europe as a cereal forming a staple food.