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Isachne R. Br., Prodr. 196. 1810. Sultan & Stewart, Grasses W. Pak. 1:4.1958; Bor, Grasses Burma Ceyl. Ind. Pak. 574.1960.

Annuals or perennials, often aquatic; culms commonly ascending from a prostrate base. Leaf-blades linear to lanceolate or ovate. Inflorescence an open or contracted panicle. Spikelets 2-flowered, with the florets similar or dissimilar, the lower male or bisexual, the upper female or bisexual; rhachilla disarticulating below each floret; glumes falling soon after the florets, subequal, two-thirds to as long as the spikelet, membranous; lemmas elliptic-oblong to orbicular, obscurely 5-7-nerved, obtuse, the lower similar to the upper or larger and thinner, the upper chartaceous to thinly coriaceous; stamens 3. Caryopsis ellipsoid to suborbicular, dorsally flattened on one side.

A genus of 70-80 species in the tropics and subtropics throughout the world, but mainly in tropical Asia; represented in Pakistan by a single species.

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