forming. Culms arborescent. Branch bud solitary, ovate, keeled laterally. Culm
sheaths persistent, elongate, blades long, narrow. Flowering branches leafy to
leafless. Cluster of 1-3pseudospikelets from each node of the branchlet, each
cluster of spikelets embraced by a spathiform sheath, the sheaths truncate at
the top, with reduced limb. Pseudospikelets consist of 2-3 fertile florets,
followed by an extension of the rachilla bearing minute rudimentary florets.
Lemmas boat-shaped. Paleas of lower florets 2-cleft for ± 1/3 of its length,
keeled. Lodicules 0-3. Stamens 6, filaments free, anthers with a short tip.
Ovary cylindrical, apex fleshy, bearing a glabrous long style, stigmas 1-3,
plumose. Fruit a caryopsis, cylindric, glabrous, beaked, generally one fruit
produced per spikelet.