Perennial (ours). Inflorescence of several racemes on an elongated axis; racemes bearing inclined spikelets on a flat rhachis. Spikelets 1-flowered, sessile, dorsally flattened, alternate in 2 rows, disarticulating above the glumes. Glumes unequal, dorsally rounded, membranous, the lower 0-1-nerved; upper deciduous, 1-nerved, longer than the lower, equalling and embracing the floret. Lemma nearly as long as the upper glume,dorsally rounded, acute or emarginate at the apex, awned.
Worldwide: 4 species with a disjunct distribution: 2 in tropical Africa; 2 in the New World.
Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.
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