HABIT Perennial. Rhizomes short. Culms 25-75 cm long. Ligule an eciliate membrane. Leaf-blades filiform; coriaceous; stiff. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence comprising only a few spikelets; subtended by a spatheole; enclosed. Spatheole lanceolate; chartaceous. Spikelets solitary. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2-3 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets ovate; urceolate; laterally compressed; 30-45 mm long; falling entire. Spikelet callus bearded. GLUMES Glumes both absent or obscure. FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; coriaceous; much thinner above; without keel; 7-9 -veined. Lemma surface villous. Lemma margins fused below to those of opposing floret forming an urn. Lemma apex caudate. Palea 2 length of lemma. FLOWER Lodicules absent. Anthers 3. Stigmas 1; papillose. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; oblong. Embryo 0.25-0.33 length of caryopsis. Hilum linear; 2 length of caryopsis. DISTRIBUTION Europe, or Africa.