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Annual or perennial grasses, tufted or sometimes rhizomatous or stoloniferous. Leaf-blades linear to narrowly lanceolate, ligules ciliate. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle, rarely spikelike or spiciform. Spikelets solitary, floret 1, fusiform, sessile or pedicellate, slightly or not compressed, rachilla disartculating above glumes; glumes unequal, usually shorter than lemmas, obtuse, acute or acuminate, 1-nerved or nerveless;  lemma elliptic to narrowly ovate, 1-3 nerved,  rounded on back, awnless; palea equal to or shorter than lemma. Caryopsis globose to ellipsoid.

Key to the species

Serial Key Reference
1a. Lower glume shorter than both upper glume and lower lemma; upper glume nearly or quite as long as lower lemma S. coromandelianus
1b. Lower glume and upper glume both shorter than lower lemma 2
2a. Spikelets 1.2-1.5 mm long S. diander
2b. Spikelets 2.0-2.5 mm long S. indicus