Tufted or rhizomatous annuals or perennials. Leaf-blades usually flat; ligules membranous. Inflorescence a panicle, often digitate or subdigitate. Spikelets shortly pedicellate; lower glume reduced or absent; lower floret neuter; palea of upper floret embraced by rather broad, flat margins of lemma.
About 220 species, cosmopolitan; 37 in Australia (10 naturalised); 6 in Victoria (2 naturalised).