(nine-awn grasses; family Poaceae)
A genus of slender, tufted, often glandular-hairy grasses which are perennial, annual, or erratic, and are brought into flowering by rainfall. The leaves are narrow and small. The panicle is compact, with the spikelets grouped closely together. The lemma of each floret has a fringe of 9 short and fluffy awns. The flower head is dark in colour. There are about 30 species, found in warm temperate regions of the Old World and Australia, in which there are 9 endemic species. Some species are highly valued pasture grasses (e.g. E. cylindricus, jointed nine-awn, found in the calcareous grasslands of Australia).
Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry.