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, especially that of the Hottentots Holland and Kogelberg.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Pillans, Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 29: 355 (1942)
Vegetative parts: plants clumped or mat-Forming or forming long lines of culms (usually of small colonies, but extensive areas of single-sex colonies suggest that the individuals might indeed be very widespread), 0.3–0.5 m tall, basal diameter 0.3–2 m, crown diameter 0.3–2 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons or with rhizomes. Rhizome spreading, unbranched or sparsely branched, culms evenly spaced, 5–6 mm in diam., culms 4–11 mm apart. Fertile culms unbranched (occasionally branching), smooth, green (or golden/ tan), 0.3–0.4 m tall, diameter at base 2–3 mm, diameter at apex 1.4–2.6 mm. Sheaths loosely convoluted, 10–40 mm long, brown, upper 1/3 in colour and texture abruptly different from the base, and soon decaying, apical margins broadly membranous, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acuminate or acute. Sheath-mucro awl- or needleshaped, straight and erect, 3–14 mm long, massive membranous apical margins, but almost entirely fused to the awn. These soon drop off, leaving a truncate remnant sheath. Males: male inflorescence with indefinite spikelets, Paniculate, 50–90 mm long, 10–30 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, taller than spikelets, coriaceous, sheath like, with expanded upper portions. Male flowers not aggregated into spikelets. Male bracts taller than flowers, 5–12 mm long, linear, acute, membranous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent, membranous,soon lost. Male flower 3.5–4 mm long. Male tepals sepals and petals the same rigidity, membranous, linear, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals as other tepals, glabrous. Anthers 2–3 mm long, included in the flowers. Pistillode absent. Females: female inflorescence linear or paniculate, 20–100 mm long, 6–40 mm wide, with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets or 11–20 spikelets. Female spathes longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet or obscuring spikelet, persistent, coriaceous. Female spikelet sessile or pedicel sparsely branching, obovate, apex rounded, 10–15 mm long, with 1 flowers, with 2–9 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers, 7–12 mm long, oblong, acuminate, cartilaginous, apical margin like rest of bract, darker than body of bract, awn minute or absent or less than half as long as the bract body. Female flower 7–8 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals chartaceous or membranous, glabrous and smooth, smaller than nut and not obscuring the nut surface, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices truncate or rounded or obtuse, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals like other tepals, 2–6 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong or obovate, 2–6 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong or obovate, 2–6 mm long. Staminodes absent. Styles plumose, white, 2. Style bases free or seated on a stylopodium (check). Ovary with 1 locule, indehiscent. Fruit: indehiscent fruits with a hard woody ovary wall. Perianth presence on fruits persistent, membranous, shorter than nut. Nut apex smooth, without a distinct cap, wall pitted, (6.33–)7.21(–7.5) mm long, 4–5 mm diam., shape in side view elliptical, shape in top view round in cross section, brown. Elaiosome absent.