paluster (L.) = marshy, + cola (L.) = dweller in. Referring to the habitat of the species in boggy places.
WCM Protologue Reference:
H.P.Linder, Bothalia 40: 22 (2010)
Vegetative parts: plants mat-Forming or tangled, 0.3–0.6 m tall, basal diameter 0.1–3 m, crown diameter 0.1–3 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons or with stolons. Fertile culms sparingly branched or branching, finely warty or roughly warty, green or olivaceous, 0.3–0.8 m tall, diameter at base 0.5–3 mm, diameter at apex 0.1–0.7 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted, 10–35 mm long, reddish-brown with golden mottling, apical margins coriaceous, like the rest of the body or narrowly membranous, hyaline shoulders tall, acute, hyaline shoulder 0.2–0.4 of sheath body length, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, truncate. Sheath-mucro penicellate, straight and erect or recurved, 3–9 mm long, Truncate, tuberculate, reddish-brown sheaths, with a stout mucro equalling the acute membranous lobes is pretty distinctive for this group of species. Males: male inflorescence with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets, racemose, 40–80 mm long, 10–15 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, taller than spikelets, chartaceous, reddish-brown with a golden speckling. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, obovate (obtriangular), apex rounded, 8–10 mm, 5–7 mm, with 1–2 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile. Male bracts taller than flowers or more than twice as tall as flowers, 3–6 mm long, linear or oblong, acute, chartaceous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent, bracts all reaching the same height, the lower bracts thus much longer than the upper bracts. Male flower 2–3.5 mm long. Male tepals sepals more rigid than petals, cartilaginous, petals membranous, linear or oblong, inner tepals shorter than outer tepals. Male outer lateral tepals conduplicate or as other tepals, glabrous or keel sparsely villous (visible only under higher magnification). Anthers 1.2–1.5 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Pistillode present. Females: female inflorescence racemose (Mostly distichous), 30–80 mm long, 10–15 mm wide, with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets. Female spathes longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet or obscuring spikelet, persistent, cartilaginous. Female spikelet sessile, obtriangular, apex truncate, 9–14 mm long, with 1 flowers (mostly) or 2 flowers or 3 flowers (rarely), with 0 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers or at least twice as long as flowers, 5–9 mm long, linear or oblong, acute, chartaceous, apical margin like rest of bract, same as body of bract, awn minute or absent. Female flower 3.5–4 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals cartilaginous, glabrous and smooth or keels of lateral sepals sparsely villous, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices acute, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals like other tepals or conduplicate, 3.5–4 mm long. Female odd outer tepal linear or oblong, 3.5–4 mm long. Female inner tepals linear or oblong, 3.5–4 mm long. Staminodes present. Styles feathery, white, 3. Style bases free. Ovary with 1 locule, dehiscent. Fruit: seed 1.6–1.7 mm long, 0.9–0.95 mm in diameter, shape in side view elliptical, shape in diameter triangular in cross section, tan or pink, smooth (shiny).