HABIT Annual. Culms erect, or decumbent; 10-35 cm long. Leaf-sheath auricles falcate. Ligule an eciliate membrane. INFLORESCENCE Inflorescence composed of racemes. Racemes single; oblong; bilateral. Rhachis fragile at the nodes. Spikelet packing broadside to rhachis. Rhachis internodes oblong; falling with spikelet above. Spikelets ascending; in pairs. Fertile spikelets sessile; 2 in the cluster. FERTILE SPIKELETS Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; with diminished florets at the apex. Spikelets lanceolate; dorsally compressed; 9.96-14.4 mm long; falling entire; deciduous with accessory branch structures. GLUMES Glumes exceeding apex of florets. Lower glume linear; 1 length of upper glume; coriaceous; without keels; 3 -veined. Lower glume surface scabrous. Lower glume apex attenuate. Upper glume linear; coriaceous; without keels; 3 -veined. Upper glume surface scabrous. Upper glume apex attenuate. FLORETS Fertile lemma elliptic; coriaceous; without keel; 5 -veined. Lemma surface scabrous; villous. Lemma apex attenuate; awned; 1 -awned. Palea 2 -veined. Palea keels ciliate. Apical sterile florets 1 in number; barren; linear. FLOWER Ovary pubescent on apex. FRUIT Caryopsis with adherent pericarp; ellipsoid; dorsally compressed. Embryo 0.2 length of caryopsis. Hilum linear; 1 length of caryopsis. DISTRIBUTION Europe, or Africa, or Temperate Asia.