stipula (L.) = stalk, haulm, stubble. Not sure what this applies to.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Mast., J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 21: 587 (1885)
Vegetative parts: plants tufted, 0.35–1 m tall, basal diameter 0.05–0.1 m, crown diameter 0.1–0.3 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons or with rhizomes (almost like stolons). Fertile culms much branched, round (not compressed), smooth or finely rugulose, olivaceous, 0.2–1 m tall, diameter at base 0.8–2.5 mm, diameter at apex 0.6–1.1 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, tan with reddish-brown speckles and tan margins, fairly light in colour, upper 1/3 in colour and texture similar to the lower 2/3, apical margins coriaceous, like the rest of the body, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute. Sheath-mucro penicellate (very short), straight and erect, 0.1–0.3 mm long. Males: male inflorescence with 21–50 spikelets or 50–100 spikelets or 101–500 spikelets, paniculate, 30–110 mm long, 10–20 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes caducous, taller than spikelets, cartilaginous. Male spathellae conspicuous, 2–3.5 mm long. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, undifferentiated, apex undifferentiated, 3–4 mm, 3–5 mm, with 3–6 flowers, pedicels shorter than the spikelets or as long as the spikelets, terete or angular. Male bracts shorter than flowers, 1–2 mm long, orbicular, rounded, chartaceous, bract upper margin membranous, thinner texture than the body or like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent. Male flower 2.7–4.3 mm long. Male tepals sepals and petals the same rigidity, cartilaginous, elliptical or obovate or orbicular (the tepal shape may be difficult to discern as they are rounded around the anthers, and thus 'cupshaped', with the edges curling up. Quite a distinctive feature), inner tepals longer than outer tepals. Male outer lateral tepals as other tepals, glabrous. Anthers 0.7–1.3 mm long, included in the flowers. Females: female inflorescence interrupted or linear, 30–200 mm long, 10–15 mm wide, with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets. Female spathes longer than the spikelets, obscuring spikelet, persistent, cartilaginous. Female spathellae conspicuous (spathellae are present but not really conspicuous - much smaller than in Elegia stokoei), 4–5 mm long (spathellae are present but not really conspicuous - much smaller than in Elegia stokoei). Female spikelet pedicel sparsely branching, undifferentiated, apex undifferentiated, 2.5–3.5 mm long, with 3–4 flowers, with 0 sterile bracts. Female bracts shorter than flowers, erect, orbicular, rounded, chartaceous, apical margin like rest of bract or membranous, same as body of bract, awn minute or absent. Female flower 2–3 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel, six tepals. Female tepals chartaceous or membranous, glabrous and smooth, at least as tall as nut, wrapped around it and obscuring the surface, midrib raised (slightly), margins entire, apices acute, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals like other tepals, 1.9–2.2 mm long. Female odd outer tepal elliptical, 1.9–2.2 mm long. Female inner tepals elliptical, 1.9–2.2 mm long. Staminodes present. Styles feathery, white, 2. Style bases seated on a stylopodium (slender styles with free parts longer than the stylopodium). 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, (1.64–)2(–2.2) mm long, (0.92–)1.13(–1.4) mm diam., shape in side view elliptical, shape in top view elliptical in cross section (with two distinct ridges running on either side), brown. Elaiosome absent.