Baloskion Raf.

8 species endemic Aust.; Qld, NSW, Vic., Tas., S.A.

Perennial, dioecious herbs with creeping or partly erect often woolly rhizomes. Culms erect, simple or branched, with persistent leaf sheaths. Flowers unisexual, arranged in spikelets with imbricate bracts; the spikelets usually in a panicle. Lower part of flower stalk attached to the glume. Perianth segments 4–6, glume like or the inner ones almost hyaline. Stamens 3, usually shortly exserted. Ovary 2–3-locular; styles or stylar branches 2–3. Capsule flat and 2-locular or 3-angled and 3-locular, usually opening at the angles. Male and female inflorescences similar.