Spikelets 1-fld, articulated a little below the glumes; glumes equal, membranous, entire or 2-lobed, 1-veined, the vein excurrent as an awn from the tip or between the lobes; lemma much shorter than the glumes, very delicate in texture, often with a short, fragile, terminal awn; palea about equaling the lemma and of similar texture; tufted grasses with flat lvs, elongate, membranous ligule, and dense, ovoid to cylindric, spike- like panicles. 10, mainly temp. Eurasia.
Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.