Levyns, M.R.B., lecturer in Botany at the University of Cape Town from 1916 to 1945. She revised several taxonomically difficult genera, and wrote several influential papers on the biogeography of the Cape Flora. She collected mostly along the arid fringes of the Cape Flora. Dr Levyns collected the type specimen of this species.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Pillans, Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 16: 364 (1928)
Vegetative parts: plants tufted or tangled, 0.6–1 m tall, basal diameter 0.1–0.3 m, crown diameter 0.3–1 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons. Fertile culms sparingly branched or branching, smooth, olivaceous, 0.4–1 m tall, diameter at base 1.6–2.6 mm, diameter at apex 0.4–1.5 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted, 10–30 mm long, red brown, apical margins broadly chartaceous and soon decaying, hyaline shoulders absent or small, rounded, hyaline shoulder 0.1–0.2 of sheath body length, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute. Sheath-mucro penicellate, straight and erect, 1–3 mm long, quite solid, coriaceous sheaths, with a rather narrow upper decaying portion. Males: male inflorescence with 11–20 spikelets or 21–50 spikelets, paniculate, 40–100 mm long, 10–40 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, upper margins lacerated and largely decayed at anthesis, shorter than spikelets, coriaceous or chartaceous. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets pendulous on flexible pedicels, oblong or obovate, apex rounded, 6–12.5 mm, 3–5 mm, with 12–14 flowers, pedicels shorter than the spikelets, flattened. Male bracts taller than flowers, 3.5–7 mm long, oblong or ovate, acute, chartaceous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent, complete brown, without hyaline margins. Male flower 2.5–3 mm long. Male tepals sepals and petals the same rigidity, chartaceous, linear or oblong, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals keeled or winged or conduplicate, glabrous. Anthers 1.2–1.4 mm long, included in the flowers. Pistillode absent. Females: female inflorescence linear or paniculate or racemose, 40–90 mm long, 10–20 mm wide, with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets. Female spathes as long as the spikelets or longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet, persistent, chartaceous. Female spikelet pedicel simple, oblong or obovate, apex rounded, 10–18 mm long, with 12–14 flowers, with 0 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers or at least twice as long as flowers, 8–12 mm long, oblong, acute, cartilaginous, apical margin like rest of bract, same as body of bract, awn minute or absent. Female flower 3.5–4.5 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals cartilaginous, glabrous and smooth, at least as tall as nut, wrapped around it and obscuring the surface, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices rounded, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals keeled or winged, wings entire, narrower than body or as wide as body, 3.5–4.5 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong, 3.5–4.5 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong, 3.5–4.5 mm long. Staminodes absent. Styles plumose, white, 1. Ovary with 1 locule, indehiscent. Fruit: indehiscent fruits with a softer ovary wall. Perianth presence on fruits persistent, winged. Shape of winged dispersal unit oblong, narrower than long. Nut apex smooth, without a distinct cap, wall smooth, 1.2–1.7 mm long, 1–1.2 mm diam., shape in side view elliptical or round, shape in top view elliptical in cross section, brown. Elaiosome absent.