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Annual grasses. Culms usually erect, rarely decumbent at base. Leaf-blades linear, flat, leaf-sheaths split almost to base, ligule a membrane. Inflorescence a distichous spike, linear, bearing single spikelet on a fragile rachis. Spikelets sessile, many-flowered, 1-3 of lower florets bisexual, others staminate or empty, apical floret usually sterile; glumes chartaceous, 1-2 keeled, 5-11 nerved, mucronate or awned; lemmas rounded on back or keeled  near tip, awned or muticous; paleas 2-keeled. Lodicules 2, ciliate. Stamens 3. Caryopsis elliptic, deeply furrowed.