The second and the third glumes are subequal 5- to 7-nerved.
The fifth and sixth glumes when present are small and empty.
There are usually five to six glumes (and rarely up to eight).
The first two glumes are unequal, oblong or lanceolate, 1-nerved.
The first two glumes are membranous, lanceolate, and subequal.
The first glume is very minute and the other glumes are absent.
The first two glumes are hyaline, unequal-nerved and persistent.
When mature, the grain and glumes drop off, or are pushed off, and go to the ground.
In Hordeum some of the glumes are so narrow and pointed as to resemble stiff awns.
In Catabrosa the glumes are truncate, as if bitten off at the top.