Tufted glabrous annual. Leaf-blades flat; ligules membranous, conspicuous. Inflorescence a rather dense, secund panicle. Spikelets of two kinds, falling in groups comprising 1 or 2, awned, 1-flowered, bisexual spikelet(s) surrounded by 3–5 several-flowered, unawned sterile spikelets; glumes membranous, subequal.
Monotypic genus from the Mediterranean.