It is a relatively palatable grass with a good leaf production.
Vlei Bristle Grass is densely perennial tufted grass with short, thick rhizomes. Inflorescence is a dense, spike-like panicle, often with a sharp point. Leaf sheath is long and round. It occurs throughout tropical Africa and Madagascar.
Vlei Bristle Grass usually grows in damp places such as vleis and riverbanks, on black clay soil. It is also found at the edges of forests and sometimes on stony slopes, usually in fertile soil. It occurs throughout tropical Africa.