Hutchinson, J., a remarkably productive botanist from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, who collected in South Africa in 1928/1929, and again in 1930. He befriended Gen. Smuts, and wrote a very useful book on Systematic Botany in South Africa.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Pillans, Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 29: 344 (1942)
Vegetative parts: plants tufted or tangled, 0.3–0.5 m tall, basal diameter 0.3–1 m, crown diameter 0.3–1 m, with rhizomes. Rhizome spreading, unbranched or sparsely branched, culms evenly spaced, 4–12 mm in diam., culms 5–25 mm apart. Fertile culms branching, compressed, solid or with a small central cavity, smooth or finely rugulose, green or olivaceous, 0.3–0.5 m tall, diameter at base 2.5–3.5 mm, diameter at apex 1–1.5 mm. Clusters of sterile branches at the nodes of the fertile branches absent. Sheaths more than 1 per culm, persistent, with no abscission line, loosely convoluted, 10–40 mm long, margins entire, dark reddish-brown with speckles of tan basecolour and tan margins, upper 1/3 in colour and texture similar to the lower 2/3, apical margins narrowly membranous, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute or obtuse. Sheath-mucro penicellate, straight and erect, 1.5–3 mm long, shiny dark-brown. Males: male inflorescence with indefinite spikelets, Paniculate, 45–140 mm long, 18–22 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes caducous, taller than spikelets, cartilaginous (thick). Male spathellae conspicuous (conspicuous when present, although they are rather sparsely distributed and do not form a dense 'cover' around the flowers), 8–20 mm long. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, undifferentiated, apex undifferentiated, 6–8.5 mm, 2–4.5 mm, with 5–7 flowers, pedicels longer than the spikelets, terete or angular. Male bracts shorter than flowers, 0.8–1.2 mm long, ovate, acute or acuminate, chartaceous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent. Male flower 2.8–3.5 mm long. Male tepals sepals and petals the same rigidity, cartilaginous, oblong or elliptical or ovate (outer are small and ovate while inner tepals are taller and oblong or elliptical), inner tepals longer than outer tepals. Male outer lateral tepals as other tepals, glabrous. Anthers 1–1.2 mm long, included in the flowers. Females: female inflorescence interrupted or linear, 20–90 mm long, 5–10 mm wide, with 11–20 spikelets or 21–50 spikelets. Female spathes longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet or obscuring spikelet, caducous, cartilaginous. Female spathellae conspicuous (though quite sparse - they don't form a dense cover), 8–20 mm long. Female spikelet pedicel sparsely branching, undifferentiated, apex undifferentiated, 4–5 mm long, with 1 flowers, with 0 sterile bracts. Female bracts shorter than flowers, erect, 1–2.3 mm long, ovate, acute, chartaceous or cartilaginous, apical margin membranous, same as body of bract, awn less than half as long as the bract body. Female flower 4–5 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel, six tepals. Female tepals coriaceous, glabrous and smooth, at least as tall as nut, wrapped around it and obscuring the surface, midrib raised, margins entire, apices rounded or obtuse, inner whorl longer than outer. Female outer lateral tepals like other tepals, hidden by bracts, or bracts are shorter than flowers, 1.5–2 mm long. Female odd outer tepal ovate, 1.5–2 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong or orbicular, 4–5 mm long. Staminodes present. Styles white, 3. Style bases free. Ovary with 1 locule, indehiscent. Fruit: indehiscent fruits with a softer ovary wall. Perianth presence on fruits persistent, papery to leathery, not winged. Nut apex smooth, without a distinct cap, wall smooth or wall tuberculate, (3.8–)4.28(–4.6) mm long, (2.16–)2.6(–3.16) mm diam., shape in side view ovate, shape in top view elliptical in cross section, brown. Elaiosome absent.