Description from Flora of China
Perennial, usually rhizomatous. Culms erect, ascending or prostrate. Leaf sheaths with margins completely or partially fused; leaf blades linear; ligule membranous. Panicle open or contracted, sometimes racemelike when spikelets few. Spikelets with several to many florets, laterally compressed or terete; rachilla smooth or scabrid, disarticulating below each floret; glumes small to almost as long as adjacent lemma, membranous, 1-veined, apex acute or obtuse; floret callus small, glabrous, obtuse; lemmas overlapping, ovate to lanceolate or oblong, thinly herbaceous or thinly leathery, back rounded, smooth, granular or scaberulous, 5–11-veined, veins conspicuous, parallel, apex usually membranous, acute to broadly obtuse or denticulate; palea as long as, longer, or slightly shorter than lemma, keels sometimes narrowly winged. Stamens 2 or 3. x = 10.
About 40 species: temperate regions of the world, in wet habitats; ten species (one endemic) in China.