Verreaux, P.J., collector of natural history objects, who was active in the southern Cape several times between 1826 and 1840. Although he and his brothers mostly concentrated on animals, they also collected some plants.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Mast., J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 21: 589 (1885)
Vegetative parts: plants mat-Forming (forming large, unisexual mats, several meters in diameter), 0.08–0.45 m tall, with rhizomes. Rhizome long and slender, with culms clustered, each culm cluster with a number of diverging rhizomes, 0.8–1.2 mm in diam., culms 0–30 mm apart (this varies greatly depending on whether distances between culms are measured within or between clusters). Fertile culms unbranched, compressed, smooth, olivaceous, 0.08–0.45 m tall, diameter at base 0.5–0.8 mm, diameter at apex 0.2–0.5 mm. Clusters of sterile branches at the nodes of the fertile branches absent. Sheaths more than 1 per culm, dropping off, with an abscission line present, loosely convoluted, 0.9–2 mm long, margins entire, very light to brown with yellow/tan margins, upper 1/3 in colour and texture similar to the lower 2/3, apical margins narrowly membranous, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute. Sheath-mucro penicellate, straight and erect, 4–6 mm long. Males: male inflorescence with 6–10 spikelets or 11–20 spikelets or 21–50 spikelets, paniculate, 15–50 mm long, 5 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes caducous, taller than spikelets, chartaceous or cartilaginous. Male spathellae conspicuous, 4–6.5 mm long. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, undifferentiated (fairly bunched, globose), apex undifferentiated, 4–5 mm, 3–3.8 mm, with 4–5 flowers, pedicels shorter than the spikelets, terete or angular. Male bracts as tall as flowers or taller than flowers, 2–4 mm long, ovate, obtuse or acute, chartaceous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn less than half as long as the bract body, They are quite tall and wrap concave, wrapped around the flowers. Male flower 2.5–3 mm long. Male tepals sepals and petals the same rigidity, chartaceous, oblong or ovate (inner oblong, outer narrowly ovate), inner tepals longer than outer tepals. Male outer lateral tepals conduplicate, glabrous. Anthers 2–2.5 mm long, included in the flowers. Females: female inflorescence interrupted or linear, 5–60 mm long, 3–6 mm wide, with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets or 11–20 spikelets. Female spathes as long as the spikelets or longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet or obscuring spikelet, caducous, chartaceous or cartilaginous. Female spathellae conspicuous, 3.5–5 mm long. Female spikelet pedicel simple or pedicel sparsely branching, linear, apex undifferentiated, 2–3.5 mm long, with 1–3 flowers, with 0 sterile bracts. Female bracts as tall as flowers or taller than flowers, erect, 3–5 mm long, ovate, acute, chartaceous, apical margin like rest of bract, same as body of bract, awn less than half as long as the bract body. Female flower 3–4 mm long, 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 whorl longer than outer. Female outer lateral tepals conduplicate, 2–2.5 mm long. Female odd outer tepal ovate (narrowly), 2–2.5 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong or elliptical, 2.5–3.5 mm long. Staminodes present. Styles feathery, 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, (1.8–)2.12(–2.48) mm long, (0.92–)1.1(–1.24) mm diam., shape in side view elliptical, shape in top view elliptical in cross section, brown. Elaiosome absent.