Sparsely tufted, hairy annuals. Leaves flat, ligule membranous. Inflorescence a dense, ovoid panicle. Spikelets 1-flowered; glumes 2, persistent, 1-nerved, hairy, narrow and tapered to awn-like points; lemma 5-nerved, bilobed at apex, each lobe terminating in a slender awn, with a longer awn arising between the lobes.
A monotypic genus native to the Mediterranean but widely naturalized.