Schlechter, R., superb orchidologist, collected extensively in South Africa at the end of the 19th Century. Although his major contribution was a new classification of orchids, he collected several new species of Restionaceae while in South Africa.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Mast., Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 29(66): 18 (1901)
Vegetative parts: plants clumped or mat-Forming or forming long lines of culms, 1.3-1.7 m tall, basal diameter 0.5-3 m, crown diameter 0.5-3 m, with rhizomes. Rhizome spreading, unbranched or sparsely branched, culms evenly spaced, 6-8 mm in diam., culms 2-25 mm apart. Fertile culms unbranched, smooth, green or olivaceous, 1.3-1.7 m tall, diameter at base 3-4 mm, diameter at apex 2-3 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted, 25-40 mm long, purplish brown, apical margins coriaceous, like the rest of the body or broadly chartaceous and soon decaying, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute or obtuse. Sheath-mucro absent or penicellate, straight and erect, 1-4 mm long. Males: male inflorescence with 101-500 spikelets, paniculate, 80-400 mm long, 20-50 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes caducous, taller than spikelets, coriaceous. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, oblong or ovate or orbicular or undifferentiated, apex rounded or acute or undifferentiated, 5-6 mm, 3-4 mm, with 8-20 flowers, pedicels shorter than the spikelets or as long as the spikelets, terete or angular. Male bracts as tall as flowers or taller than flowers, 3-3.5 mm long, ovate, acuminate, 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, dark red or red-brown. Male flower 2.5-3 mm long. Male tepals sepals and petals the same rigidity, chartaceous or membranous, oblong or square, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals conduplicate, glabrous. Anthers 1.5-2 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Females: female inflorescence linear, 60-250 mm long, 16-20 mm wide, with 2-5 spikelets or 6-10 spikelets. Female spathes longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet or obscuring spikelet, persistent, bony or coriaceous. Female spathellae inconspicuous or absent. Female spikelet sessile, ovate or elliptical, apex acute, 20-40 mm long, with 2 flowers, with 5-12 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers, erect, 15-20 mm long, ovate, acuminate, bony, apical margin membranous or like rest of bract, 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 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 or ciliate, apices variable, inner and outer whorls the same length or inner whorl shorter than outer. Female outer lateral tepals like other tepals, hidden by bracts, or bracts are shorter than flowers, 0.3-1 mm long. Female odd outer tepal broad-based, with small, variable lobe, 0.3-1 mm long. Female inner tepals broad-based, with small, variable lobe, 0.3-1 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, (7.33-)8.99(-10.33) mm long, (3.33-)3.83(-4.33) mm diam., shape in side view elliptical or oblong, shape in top view planoconvex in cross section, black. Elaiosome present, white, 1.2-2 mm long, less than half as long as nut.