Baumea Gaudich.

5 species in Aust. (9 endemic); all states and territories

Rhizomatous perennials. Culms terete or compressed, pithy and/or septate. Leaves laterally compressed or terete, 2-ranked (distichous), entire. Spikelets arranged in ± erect panicles, 2- or sometimes 3-flowered rarely 1-flowered; the lowest or middle one perfect. Glumes distichous; lowest and uppermost ones empty. Perianth absent. Stamens usually 3. Style 3-fid. Nut surrounded at the base by a rudimentary disc, surmounted by a relatively inconspicuous stylar base.