Stokoe, T.P., climbed extensively in the Cape Mountains, from 1913 to 1959. He collected very extensively, if somewhat chaotically. He was the first collector of many species, and contributed much to our knowledge of the mountain flora, expecially that of the Hottentots Holland and Kogelberg.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Pillans, Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 29: 345 (1942)
Vegetative parts: plants clumped, 0.4–0.7 m tall, basal diameter 0.1–0.2 m, crown diameter 0.05–0.1 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons. Fertile culms unbranched or sparingly branched or branching, round (not compressed), solid or with a small central cavity, smooth or finely rugulose, olivaceous, 0.25–0.6 m tall, diameter at base 1.2–1.8 mm, diameter at apex 1–1.4 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, 10–35 mm long, ranging from tan with red-brown speckles to darker brown where the underlying tan colouration only shows through as speckles,tan margins, apical margins narrowly membranous, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute. Sheath-mucro absent or penicellate, straight and erect, 0.3–0.6 mm long. Males: male inflorescence with 21–50 spikelets or 50–100 spikelets or 101–500 spikelets, paniculate, 30–120 mm long, 10–20 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, taller than spikelets, cartilaginous. Male spathellae conspicuous, 3.5–7 mm long. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, undifferentiated, apex undifferentiated, 3–4 mm, 2–3 mm, with 2–5 flowers, pedicels shorter than the spikelets, terete or angular. Male bracts shorter than flowers, 0.6–1.1 mm long, ovate or orbicular (very broad and short), rounded or obtuse, chartaceous, bract upper margin membranous, thinner texture than the body, bract awn minute or absent, Bracts are very small and inconspicuous. Male flower 1.6–2 mm long. Male tepals sepals and petals the same rigidity, cartilaginous, elliptical or obovate or orbicular (outer tepals are short and orbicular while inner ones are taller and more elliptic or obovate in shape), inner tepals longer than outer tepals. Male outer lateral tepals as other tepals, glabrous. Anthers 1.4–1.8 mm long, included in the flowers. Females: female inflorescence interrupted or linear, 30–150 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 prominent), 8–10 mm long. Female spikelet pedicel sparsely branching, undifferentiated, apex undifferentiated, 3–4.2 mm long, with 2 flowers, with 0 sterile bracts. Female bracts shorter than flowers, erect, 0.8–1.4 mm long, ovate or orbicular, rounded or acute, chartaceous, apical margin like rest of bract, same as body of bract, awn minute or absent. Female flower 3–4 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel, six tepals. Female tepals cartilaginous, glabrous and smooth, at least as tall as nut, wrapped around it and obscuring the surface, midrib raised, margins entire, apices acute, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals conduplicate, 2.5–3 mm long. Female odd outer tepal elliptical, 2.5–3 mm long. Female inner tepals elliptical, 2.5–3 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, (2–)2.05(–2.08) mm long, (1.04–)1.11(–1.16) mm diam., shape in side view elliptical or oblong, shape in top view round in cross section or elliptical in cross section (two ridges on either side of nut), brown. Elaiosome absent.