Stokoe, T.P., climbed extensively in the Cape Mountains, from 1913 to 1959. He collected very extensively, if somewhat chaotically. He was the first collector of many species, and contributed much to our knowledge of the mountain flora, expecially that of the Hottentots Holland and Kogelberg.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Pillans, Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 16: 375 (1928)
Vegetative parts: plants tufted, 0.2–0.4 m tall, basal diameter 0.05–0.15 m, crown diameter 0.1–0.3 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons. Fertile culms unbranched, smooth, olivaceous, 0.2–0.4 m tall, diameter at base 0.8–1.4 mm, diameter at apex 0.5–1 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted (upper is more loose), 40–70 mm long, red brown to tan, apical margins broadly chartaceous and soon decaying, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acuminate. Sheath-mucro absent. Males: male inflorescence with 6–10 spikelets, paniculate, 30–50 mm long, 20–40 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, taller than spikelets, chartaceous. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets pendulous on flexible pedicels, oblong or obovate or obtriangular, apex truncate or obtuse, 10–17 mm, 5–15 mm, with 8–20 flowers, pedicels shorter than the spikelets, flattened. Male bracts more than twice as tall as flowers, 7–11 mm long, oblong, acute, hyaline or chartaceous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent, mostly silvery. Male flower 3–4.5 mm long. Male tepals sepals more rigid than petals, cartilaginous, petals chartaceous, oblong, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals keeled or winged, glabrous. Anthers 2–2.2 mm long, included in the flowers. Pistillode absent. Females: female inflorescence racemose, 10–60 mm long, 15–25 mm wide, with 1 spikelet or 2–5 spikelets. Female spathes longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet, persistent, hyaline or chartaceous. Female spikelet pedicel simple, obovate or obtriangular, apex truncate or rounded, 15–25 mm long, with 9–30 flowers, with 0 sterile bracts. Female bracts at least twice as long as flowers, 10–20 mm long, oblong (lanceolate), acute, hyaline (margins, narrow or broad) or chartaceous (centre), 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 or obtuse or acute, inner whorl shorter than outer. Female outer lateral tepals keeled or winged, wings entire, wings lateral sepals decurrent, without grooves, wider than body, exserted past bracts, 3.5–4.5 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong (lanceolate), 2.5–3 mm long. Female inner tepals ovate, 2.5–3 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 orbicular or oblong, narrower than long. Nut apex smooth, without a distinct cap, wall smooth, (1.74–)2.1(–2.32) mm long, (1.12–)1.25(–1.36) mm diam., shape in side view elliptical, shape in top view elliptical in cross section, brown (to red brown). Elaiosome absent.