Grasses in the genus Melica are perennial plants found in most temperate parts of the world. They have clumping or short-rhizomatous growth habits, and grow up to 250 cm tall.

The flowering culms bear spikelets of papery flowers, with one to seven fertile flowers and a rudimentary structure at the distal end composed of one to four sterile florets.

Melica grass is a type of wild grass that grows in temperate areas. The grass has a tough, fibrous root system and slim, cylindrical stems. The leaves are long and blade-like, and the flowers are small and spike-like.

The grass has excellent drought tolerance and grows well in poor soil conditions. It is also resistant to pests and diseases. The grass is used for livestock fodder, erosion control, and ground cover.