P. Beauv., Agrost. 100 (1812).
Derivation: Greek brachys, short; podion, a little foot; the pedicels of the spikelets are very short.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Annuals or perennials; culms erect or decumbent; leaf blades expanded; ligule short, truncate or jagged, glabrous or hairy.
Spikelets pedicellate or subsessile, arranged alternately and on opposite sides of the rhachis which is channelled on the side facing each spikelet, appressed to the rhachis by their flat faces (sides of the lemmas), thus forming a short loose spike-like raceme, at first cylindrical, then laterally compressed, many-flowered; glumes persistent, stiff, rounded on the back, many-nerved, shorter than the florets; lemmas linear-lanceolate, rounded on the backs, with several nerves and a terminal awn; palea conspicuously ciliate, grain hairy at the summit, linear-oblong, adherent to the palea.
10 species in temperate climates.
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