Cedarberg (L.) = referring to the distribution range, from the southern Cedarberg into the northern Bokkeveld mts.
WCM Protologue Reference:
H.P.Linder, Bothalia 40: 29 (2010)
Vegetative parts: plants tufted, 0.3–0.6 m tall, basal diameter 0.1–0.3 m, crown diameter 0.2–0.5 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons. Fertile culms branching or much branched, round (not compressed), smooth or finely warty or roughly warty, green or olivaceous, 0.3–0.6 m tall, diameter at base 1.3–2.5 mm, diameter at apex 0.2–0.5 mm. Sheaths loosely convoluted or flat and standing free from culm, 8–20 mm long, golden-brown, quite pale, almost turning yellow, apical margins narrowly membranous, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acuminate. Sheath-mucro absent or awl- or needleshaped, straight and erect, 0.5–3 mm long, the free standing flat sheaths, with membranous margins and acuminate tips are high. Males: male inflorescence with 6–10 spikelets or 11–20 spikelets, racemose or paniculate (rarely or occasionally), 20–55 mm long, 6–12 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, shorter than spikelets or as tall as spikelets, cartilaginous, rather pale, acuminate. Male spathellae inconspicuous or absent. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets pendulous on flexible pedicels, linear or ovate, apex acute, 6–12 mm, 2–3 mm, with 4–15 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile. Male bracts as tall as flowers, 3.5–5 mm long, ovate, acuminate, cartilaginous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent or less than half as long as the bract body, acuminate recurved apices give the spikelet a bristly appearance. Male flower 2.5–3 mm long. Male tepals sepals more rigid than petals, cartilaginous, petals chartaceous, linear or oblong, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals conduplicate, keel sparsely villous. Anthers 1.5–2 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Pistillode absent. Females: female inflorescence sparsely paniculate, 5–35 mm long, 4–8 mm wide, with 1 spikelet or 2–5 spikelets. Female spathes shorter than the spikelets or as long as the spikelets, persistent, cartilaginous. Female spathellae inconspicuous or absent. Female spikelet sessile, elliptical or obovate, apex rounded or obtuse or acute, 5–11 mm long, with 3–8 flowers, with 1–3 sterile bracts. Female bracts shorter than flowers or as tall as flowers or taller than flowers (at anthesis the bracts are taller than the flowers, but by the time the seed is shed the tepals overtop the bracts), 4.5–6 mm long, ovate, apiculate, bony or coriaceous, apical margin like rest of bract, same as body of bract, awn less than half as long as the bract body. Female flower 3–4.5 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals bony or coriaceous, keels of lateral sepals densely villous, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices acute, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals conduplicate, 3–4.5 mm long. Female odd outer tepal ovate, 3–4 mm long. Female inner tepals ovate, 2.5–4 mm long. Staminodes absent. Styles feathery, 2. Style bases fused to form a pillar. Ovary with 2 locules, dehiscent. Fruit: seed 1.7–2 mm long, 1.1–1.3 mm in diameter, shape in side view oblong (but distinctly bulged at one end), shape in diameter triangular in cross section (with the corners very rounded), grey (often with brown mottling), smooth.