Cultuvated annuals; culms erect, single or tufted, nodes bearded; ligule ca. 1 mm long, with cilia ca.
2 mm long. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle, drooping when mature. Spikeles 2-flowered,
ovate-elliptic, ca. 4.5 mm long, acute, glabrous; glume papery, pointed, unequal; lower glume deltoid,
7-9-veined, ca. 3.5 mm long; upper glume 11-veined, veins converged into a thickened beak, as long as
spikelet, palea of lower floret small, usually notched at apex; upper floret fertile, rounded, glabrous, polished,
ca. 3 mm long, lemma rounded in back, 7-veined; palea 2-veined. Caryopsis rounded, 2 mm long,
smooth, embryo 1/2 as long as grain, hilum punctiform, black.
ILAN: Ssuyuen, Ku s. n.
Originally from Central Asia, cultivated in warm and temperate regions. Taiwan, cultivated as a