Vegetative parts: plants tufted, 0.1–0.3 m tall, basal diameter 0.02–0.05 m, crown diameter 0.2–0.3 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons. Fertile culms branching, round (not compressed), solid or with a small central cavity, roughly warty, olivaceous, 0.1–0.3 m tall, diameter at base 0.5–1 mm, diameter at apex 0.3–0.5 mm. Branch axil indumentum absent. Clusters of sterile branches at the nodes of the fertile branches absent. Sheaths more than 1 per culm, persistent, with no abscission line, closely convoluted, 5–15 mm long, margins entire, lower portion: orange/reddish-brown with a coppery hue; upper section more golden in colour, upper 1/3 in colour and texture abruptly different from the base, and soon decaying (lower portion coriaceous and upper third membranous), apical margins narrowly membranous, hyaline shoulders membranous margins continuing behind awn, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute. Sheath-mucro hair-like, straight and erect, 1–3 mm long.
Males: male inflorescence with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets, racemose, 5–70 mm long (5mm when consisting of only one spikelet, which occurs infrequently. Much more common are inflorescences with 3–5 widely spaced spikelets), 1–3 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent (but soon decaying), shorter than spikelets, cartilaginous. Male spathellae inconspicuous or absent. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, elliptical, apex acute or undifferentiated, 3–6 mm, 1.5–2 mm, with 2–3 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile or shorter than the spikelets, flattened. Male bracts shorter than flowers or as tall as flowers, 3–4.5 mm long, elliptical, acute, margins entire, cartilaginous, bract upper margin membranous, thinner texture than the body, bract awn minute or absent or less than half as long as the bract body. Male flower 3–3.8 mm long. Male tepals sepals more rigid than petals, chartaceous, petals chartaceous, elliptical, inner tepals shorter than outer tepals or inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals conduplicate, keel sparsely villous. Anthers 1.2–2.1 mm long, exserted from the flowers.
Females: female inflorescence interrupted or linear, 5–80 mm long (5 mm applies when there is a single spikelet at the apex of a culm), 1.5–4 mm wide, with 1 spikelet or 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets. Female spathes shorter than the spikelets or as long as the spikelets, persistent (though soon decaying), coriaceous. Female spathellae inconspicuous or absent. Female spikelet sessile, obovate, apex undifferentiated, 5.5–6.8 mm long, with 1–2 flowers, with 2 sterile bracts. Female bracts shorter than flowers (slightly), erect, 3.5–5 mm long, oblong or ovate, acute, coriaceous, apical margin membranous, same as body of bract, awn minute or absent or less than half as long as the bract body. Female flower 3.5–4.5 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel, with four tepals or six tepals. Female tepals chartaceous or cartilaginous, keels of lateral sepals sparsely villous, midrib raised (very slightly), apices acute, inner whorl shorter than outer. Female outer lateral tepals conduplicate, hidden by bracts, or bracts are shorter than flowers, 3–4 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong, 3–4 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong or elliptical, 2.5–3.2 mm long. Staminodes absent. Styles feathery, 2. Style bases fused to form a pillar, more or less villous. Ovary with 2 locules, dehiscent.
Fruit: seed (1.2–)1.36(–1.44) mm long, (0.6–)0.8(–0.96) mm in diameter, shape in side view elliptical, shape in diameter round in cross section, silvery or brown or yellow or white (when the seedcoat is relatively opaque then the seeds appear silvery-white; often the seedcoat is almost translucent, making the seed look yellowish-brown, even slightly golden).
rare. Restricted to the Bonteberg and the southern slopes below Baviaansberg. The species is very common where observed, and the habitat is not likely to be transformed. However, the species might be sensitive to modifications of the fire regime, and being a reseeder might be eliminated by too frequent fires.
Distribution in Western Cape; the Cape Floristic Region Northern mountains; Endemic to Karoopoort, and the Bonteberg, which is between Karoopoort and Touws River. Several other species are restricted to this area. Occurrence in Provincial Conservation Areas or National Parks in the Western Cape None.
Altitude 900–1100 m. Rockiness of habitat no rocks. Bedrock: Table Mountain Shale. Groundwater availability well-drained soils. Vegetation type dune thicket (strandveld), or fynbos. Well-drained, dry stony slopes. On the slopes N of Corona, the species is very common above the cliffs, and is absent below the first set of cliffs, where the vegetation is dominated by Restio esterhuyseniae. Plants killed by fire, regenerating from seed. Seed dispersal mode undifferentiated.