L., Sp. Pl. 85 (1753).
Derivation: Latin for wheat.
Synonymy: Not Applicable
Common name: None
Annuals or biennials; leaf blade flat; ligule membranous.
Inflorescence a spike, the rhachis more or less zig-zag; spikelets plano-convex, 2-5-flowered, solitary, sessile and alternate in each excavation of the spike against which they are appressed by their flattened faces (sides of the glumes and lemmas); glumes 2, persistent, several-nerved, rigid, broad, truncate-mucronate or obtuse, usually shorter than the florets; lemmas rounded on the back, many-nerved, mucronate or awned.
About 20 species from Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia. Á. Löve (1984) Reprium Spec. nov. Regni veg. 498 restricts this genus to a single species.
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