HABIT Perennial. Culms erect; 50-70 cm long; wiry. Leaves with blades commonly suppressed, transferring photosynthetic function to sheath and culm. Ligule a fringe of hairs. Leaf-blades deciduous at the ligule; linear, or triangular. Leaf-blade midrib evident. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle contracted. Spikelets appressed; solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels filiform. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 4-8 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets oblong; laterally compressed; 6-10 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. GLUMES Glumes shorter than spikelet; thinner than fertile lemma. Lower glume ovate; 1 length of upper glume; membranous; without keels; 3 -veined. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume ovate; 0.75 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume apex acute. FLORETS Fertile lemma ovate; laterally compressed; cartilaginous; without keel; 5-7 -veined. Lemma apex acute. Palea 1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Apical sterile florets resembling fertile though underdeveloped. FLOWER Lodicules 2; fleshy. Anthers 3. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ovoid; trigonous. DISTRIBUTION Australasia.