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The genus contains viruses similar to Maize streak virus. They mostly infect plants of the family Poaceae and are transmitted by leafhoppers in a persistent manner (circulative, non-propagative).
The members have circular, single stranded and monopartite DNA genomes, coding for only 3 or 4 proteins. The particles have the typical twin structure of the Geminiviridae and are icosahedra, not enveloped, with a size of about 22 x 38 nm.
Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: