ramosissimus (L.) = much branched. This refers the culms, and indeed the whole plant, which forms a small, tangled tuft.
WCM Protologue Reference:
H.P.Linder & C.R.Hardy, Bothalia 40: 24 (2010)
Vegetative parts: plants tangled (Forming spreading tangled clumps), 0.1-0.4 m tall, basal diameter 0.1-1 m, crown diameter 0.1-1 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons or with stolons. Fertile culms branching, smooth or finely rugulose (obscurely striate or wrinkled), green, 0.2-0.45 m tall, diameter at base 1-1.7 mm, diameter at apex 0.25-0.4 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted, 5-25 mm long, reddish brown, apical margins coriaceous, like the rest of the body, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute. Sheath-mucro awl- or needleshaped, straight and erect, 2.5-4 mm long, rather fine sheaths, awn almost as long as sheath body. Males: male inflorescence with 2-5 spikelets. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, minute or like the floral bracts, chartaceous or cartilaginous, decaying soon. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, linear or oblong or ovate, apex acute, 4-9 mm, 2-2.5 mm, with 6-40 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile. Male bracts taller than flowers, 2-2.5 mm long, oblong or square, truncate or obtuse or aciculate, cartilaginous, bract upper margin membranous, thinner texture than the body (but these soon dropping off), bract awn less than half as long as the bract body. Male flower 1 mm long. Male tepals sepals and petals the same rigidity, chartaceous or membranous, linear or oblong, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals keeled or winged, keel sparsely villous. Anthers 0.8-0.9 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Pistillode absent. Females: female inflorescence with 1 spikelet. Female spathes shorter than the spikelets, persistent, chartaceous. Female spikelet sessile, ovate or obovate or undifferentiated, apex obtuse or acute, 3.5-5 mm long, with 3-6 flowers, with 0 sterile bracts. Female bracts as tall as flowers or taller than flowers, 1.7-2.5 mm long, oblong, obtuse, cartilaginous, apical margin membranous, same as body of bract, awn minute or absent or less than half as long as the bract body. Female flower 1.5-1.7 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals chartaceous, glabrous and smooth, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices truncate, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals conduplicate, hidden by bracts, or bracts are shorter than flowers, 1.2-1.5 mm long. Female odd outer tepal linear, 1.2-1.5 mm long. Female inner tepals linear or oblong or obovate, 1.2-1.5 mm long. Staminodes present or absent (minute). Styles feathery, white or pink, 3. Style bases free. Ovary with 1 locule, indehiscent. Fruit: indehiscent fruits with a softer ovary wall. Perianth presence on fruits persistent, papery to leathery, not winged. Nut apex smooth, without a distinct cap, wall smooth, 1.2-1.7 mm long, 0.6-0.8 mm diam., shape in side view elliptical, shape in top view triangular in cross section (keels strongly raised), tan, mode of seed release for nutted plants nut popped out of bracts. Elaiosome absent.