Vlok, Jan. Botanist and environmental consultant in the southern Cape, first based at Saasveld, then in De Rust and Oudtshoorn. He has a superb knowledge of the flora and vegetation of the region, and discovered very many new species, including this new Nevillea.
WCM Protologue Reference:
H.P.Linder, S. African J. Bot. 77: 419 (2011)
Vegetative parts: plants tufted, 0.5–1 m tall, basal diameter 0.3–0.7 m, crown diameter 1–1.5 m, with rhizomes. Rhizome spreading, unbranched or sparsely branched, culms evenly spaced, 5–10 mm in diam., culms 1 mm apart. Fertile culms unbranched, smooth, olivaceous, 0.5–1 m tall, diameter at base 1.7–2.8 mm, diameter at apex 1.4–2 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted, 20–30 mm long, as culm, apical margins narrowly membranous, hyaline shoulders membranous margins continuing behind awn, hyaline shoulder 0.05 of sheath body length, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute or obtuse or rounded. Sheath-mucro awl- or needleshaped, straight and erect, 3.5–6 mm long. Sterile branch leaf-sheath 7–20 mm long, hyaline shoulder 0.5 mm long, leaf-blade 9–12 mm long; leaf blade 0.3–0.5 mm wide. Males: male inflorescence with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets, paniculate, 20–25 mm long, 15–25 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent or caducous, taller than spikelets, cartilaginous, bearing a distinct awn. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, elliptical or ovate, apex rounded or obtuse or acute, 8–11 mm, 3.5–5 mm, with 10–20 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile or shorter than the spikelets, terete or angular. Male bracts as tall as flowers or taller than flowers, 2.5–4 mm long, square, truncate or rounded, coriaceous or cartilaginous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent. Male flower 2.5–3 mm long. Male tepals sepals and petals the same rigidity or sepals more rigid than petals, cartilaginous or membranous, petals membranous, oblong, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals conduplicate, glabrous. Anthers 1.3–1.5 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Females: female inflorescence linear, 20–50 mm long, 8–20 mm wide, with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets. Female spathes longer than the spikelets, obscuring spikelet, persistent, cartilaginous. Female spikelet sessile, elliptical, apex acute, 9–18 mm long, with 2–4 flowers, with 2 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers, 5–8 mm long, square or ovate, obtuse or acute, coriaceous or cartilaginous, apical margin like rest of bract or with honeycombed cells, same as body of bract or darker than body of bract, awn minute or absent or less than half as long as the bract body. Female flower 5.5–6 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals chartaceous or cartilaginous, glabrous and smooth, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices acuminate, inner whorl shorter than outer. Female outer lateral tepals conduplicate or keeled or winged, wings entire, narrower than body, 5–6 mm long. Female odd outer tepal ovate, 3.5–5 mm long. Female inner tepals ovate, 3–5 mm long. Staminodes absent. Styles feathery, red, 2. Style bases free. Ovary with 1 locule (no good fruit observed, fruit characters consequently largely unknown).