Description from Flora of China
Annual or short-lived perennial. Culms slender, straggling, rooting at lower nodes, 20–60 cm tall, nodes pubescent. Leaf sheaths loose, glabrous or with tubercle-based hairs or ciliate margins; leaf blades lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, 4–15 × 0.4–1 cm, glabrous or pubescent, base subrounded, margins thicker and scabrous, apex acute or acuminate. Inflorescence axis 3–10 cm; racemes 3–6, 2–4 cm, divergent to reflexed; rachis flat, 0.7–1 mm wide, narrowly winged, nearly glabrous; spikelets single, in 2 rows; pedicels glabrous. Spikelets elliptic to narowly obovate, (3–)3.5–4 mm, glabrous, acute; lower glume broadly ovate, 1/3–1/2 spikelet length, 5–7-veined; upper glume separated from lower glume by a short internode, 5–7-veined; upper lemma finely rugose, apex subacute. Fl. and fr. Sep–Nov. 2n = 72.
This species is a troublesome weed.
Hill slopes, grassy places, fields, open forests. Fujian, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan, Jiangxi, Taiwan, Yunnan [tropical Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands].