HABIT Perennial. Culms 4-20 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades filiform. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence comprising only a few spikelets. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 2-3 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets elliptic; laterally compressed; 5-7 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. GLUMES Glumes persistent; reaching apex of florets; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 7-9 -veined. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume ovate; 1.5-2 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 7-9 -veined. Upper glume apex acute. FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; coriaceous; much thinner above; without keel; 9 -veined. Lemma midvein ciliate. Lemma surface with marginal hair tufts. Lemma apex dentate; 3 -fid. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea keels ciliolate. FLOWER Lodicules 2; fleshy; ciliate. FRUIT Caryopsis with free brittle pericarp. Embryo 0.2 length of caryopsis. DISTRIBUTION Australasia.