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Annual or perennial grasses, culms tufted, erect or creeping, branching at nodes. Leaves narrowly linear. Inflorescence of 2-many racemes, 4-18 cm long, rachis jointed, internodes sparsely hairy. Spikelets paired, 1 sessile and other pedicelled, or in threes, 1 sessile and other 2 pedicelled, disarticulating with pedicels. Glumes equal, hairy, lower glumes flat, 2-keeled, 2-nerved, upper glumes 3-nerved, keeled on median nerve. Lower florets empty or sterile, upper florets bisexual. Lemmas short, translucent, deeply bilobed, awned, awn bent below middle, lower part twisted. Stamens 3, rarely 2.