Perennial herbs with short woody rhizome. Leaves basal and cauline, linear, broad, coriaceous; Inflorescence paniculate, loose, consisting of 5-10 distant fascicles of partial panicles. Stamens 3;
Africa:, Seychelles (Seychelles present) Asia-Tropical: Madagascar: present Mascarenes: present New Caledonia: present S. Africa: present
In the circumscription of KÜKENTHAL the genus comprises about 20 spp., 2 of them in S. Africa, 10 in Madagascar, the Mascarenes and the Seychelles, 9 in New Caledonia, and 1 in Malesia.
KÜKENTHAL divided the genus into 3 subgenera, of which in Malesia only subg. Lophoschoenus (STAPF) KÜK.