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Small, tufted perennial, rarely annual grasses. Leaf-blades filiform, ligule membranous with ciliate margin. Inflorescence a single, straight, or coiled terminal spike, spikelets half immersed in cavities of rachis, rachis tough or fracturing horizontally. Spikelets 1 to 2-flowered; lower glume obscure or absent, upper glume exceeding and concealing the sunken floret, coriaceous, 1-3 nerved, acute to awned; lemma lightly keeled, hyaline, glabrous to pilose, emarginate to bidentate, mucronate, 1-3 nerved, rarely awned; palea narrow, keels smooth. Caryopsis obovate, apex 2-mucronate.