Description from Flora of China
Diplachne P. Beauvois.
Annuals or perennials. Leaf blades linear; ligule membranous, sometimes with a ciliate fringe. Inflorescence open, composed of several to many slender racemes of usually imbricate spikelets scattered along a central axis. Spikelets laterally compressed or subterete, florets 1 to several, rachilla disarticulating above glumes and between florets; glumes usually shorter than lemmas, unequal, membranous, 1-veined; lemmas membranous, 3-veined, generally hairy along the veins, keeled or rounded, obtuse or 2-dentate, sometimes mucronate to short-awned; palea equal to or slightly shorter than lemma. Stamens (1–)3. Caryopsis laterally or dorsally compressed. x = 10.
Thirty-two species:throughout the tropics and in warm-temperate parts of America and Australia; three species in China.
(Authors: Chen Shouliang (陈守良); Sylvia M. Phillips)