Vegetative parts: plants tufted or tangled, 0.1-0.4 m tall, basal diameter 0.01-0.1 m, crown diameter 0.1-0.4 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons. Fertile culms branching, roughly warty, olivaceous, 0.1-0.4 m tall, diameter at base 0.2-0.4 mm, diameter at apex 0.1-0.2 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted, 5-13 mm long, pale brown, apical margins broadly membranous, hyaline shoulders tall, acute, hyaline shoulder 0.3-1 of sheath body length, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute or obtuse. Sheath-mucro penicellate, straight and erect, 1.5-8 mm long, Kogelberg specimens have longer sheaths, more with broad membranous margins, than Nuweberg specimens, which shorter sheaths, and distinct apical lobes. Males: male inflorescence with 2-5 spikelets or 6-10 spikelets, sparsely paniculate, 20-140 mm long, 4-10 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, shorter than spikelets, coriaceous, like sheaths, with a broad upper membranous area. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, obovate or obtriangular, at least some curved or all straight, apex truncate or rounded, 5-17 mm, 3-7 mm, with 2-3 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile. Male bracts taller than flowers or more than twice as tall as flowers, 3-9 mm long, oblong, acute or acuminate, lax, cartilaginous, bract upper margin membranous, thinner texture than the body, bract awn minute or absent, upper 1/3 to 1/4 of bract abruptly membranous. Male flower 2-3 mm long. Male tepals sepals more rigid than petals, cartilaginous, petals membranous, oblong, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals conduplicate, glabrous. Anthers 1-1.6 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Pistillode present. Females: female inflorescence sparsely paniculate, 50-80 mm long, 3-10 mm wide, with 2-5 spikelets. Female spathes as long as the spikelets or longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet, persistent, coriaceous. Female spikelet sessile, obtriangular, apex truncate, 3-15 mm long, with 1-3 flowers, with 0-1 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers or at least twice as long as flowers, erect or reflexed, 2-10 mm long, oblong, acute or acuminate, chartaceous, apical margin membranous, paler than body of bract, imbricate, obscuring spikelet axis or lax, exposing spikelet axis, awn minute or absent. Female flower 1.3-3 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals chartaceous, 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 and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals like other tepals, 1.3-3 mm long. Female odd outer tepal linear or oblong, 1.3-3 mm long. Female inner tepals linear or oblong, 1.3-3 mm long. Staminodes present. Styles feathery, white, 3. Style bases free. Ovary with 1 locule, indehiscent. Fruit: indehiscent fruits with a softer ovary wall. Perianth presence on fruits absent or persistent, papery to leathery, not winged (seems possible that the nut readily separates from the perianth). Nut apex smooth, without a distinct cap, wall smooth, (0.72-)1.28(-1.6) mm long, (0.44-)0.6(-0.76) mm diam., shape in side view obovate, shape in top view round in cross section, tan. Elaiosome absent.