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DescriptionAnnuals or perennials. Infl composed of solitary racemes embraced by sheathing spatheoles, these single or in little bunches on flexuous peduncles and aggregated in a leafy false panicle; raceme comprising 2 homogamous pairs forming a sort of involucre and 1-4 sessile spikelets with their pedicellate attendants; internodes linear. Sessile spikelets terete; callus obtuse to pungent; lower glume coriaceous; lower floret reduced to a hyaline lemma; upper floret passing directly into an awn or hyaline and awnless. Pedicellate spikelets male or barren, awnless.