Saunders, Rod and Rachel, seed collectors and very knowledgeable botanists from Cape Town, who contributed much to this study of the Restionaceae.
WCM Protologue Reference:
(Kunth) H.P.Linder, S. African J. Bot. 77: 419 (2011)
Vegetative parts: plants tufted, 1.5-2 m tall, basal diameter 0.3-0.5 m, crown diameter 1-2 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons or with rhizomes. Rhizome spreading, unbranched or sparsely branched, culms evenly spaced, 4.5-10 mm in diam., culms 3-10 mm apart. Fertile culms branching, smooth or finely rugulose, green or olivaceous (variably golden-brown), 1.5-2 m tall, diameter at base 5-8 mm, diameter at apex 1.1-4.4 mm. Clusters of sterile branches at the nodes of the fertile branches present. Sterile branches present while flowering. Sheaths closely convoluted, 25-45 mm long, margins entire or ciliate, brown, apical margins coriaceous, like the rest of the body or broadly chartaceous and soon decaying, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acuminate or acute. Sheath-mucro penicellate, straight and erect, 2-5 mm long, Nervose-striate. Males: male inflorescence with 101-500 spikelets, paniculate, 100-300 mm long, 20-35 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes caducous, taller than spikelets, coriaceous. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, ovate or elliptical or orbicular, apex rounded or acute, 5-8 mm, 3-4.2 mm, with 20-30 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile or shorter than the spikelets, terete or angular or flattened. Male bracts as tall as flowers or taller than flowers, 1.9-3 mm long, oblong or elliptical or ovate, acute or acuminate, chartaceous or 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 2-2.5 mm long. Male tepals sepals more rigid than petals, cartilaginous, petals membranous, oblong, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals conduplicate, glabrous. Anthers 1-2 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Females: female inflorescence linear, 30-100 mm long, 20-50 mm wide, with 1 spikelet or 2-5 spikelets. Female spathes shorter than the spikelets or as long as the spikelets, persistent, bony or coriaceous. Female spathellae inconspicuous or absent. Female spikelet sessile, oblong or elliptical, apex acute, 28-50 mm long, with 2-3 flowers, with 3-9 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers, 15-25 mm long, oblong or ovate, acuminate, bony or 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 with a fleshy pedicel, six tepals. Female tepals membranous, glabrous and smooth, smaller than nut and not obscuring the nut surface, midrib flush with the tepal body, margins entire, apices rounded or obtuse, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals like other tepals, hidden by bracts, or bracts are shorter than flowers, 1-5 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong or square (or triangular), 1-5 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong or square (or triangular), 1-5 mm long. Staminodes absent. Styles plumose, white, 2. Style bases free. Ovary with 1 locule, indehiscent. Fruit: indehiscent fruits with a hard woody ovary wall. Perianth presence on fruits persistent, membranous, shorter than nut. Nut apex smooth, without a distinct cap, wall smooth, 9-13 mm long, 3.8-5.2 mm diam., shape in side view oblong, shape in top view planoconvex in cross section, black. Elaiosome present, white, 1.2-4 mm long, less than half as long as nut.