Nees ab Esenbeck, C.G.D., German nature-philosopher, physician and Botanist, he described many of the earlier Ecklon and Zeyher collections of restios and grasses from the Cape, and his work had a profound influence on the knowledge of Cape grasses and restios.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Mast., J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 10: 260 (1869)
Vegetative parts: plants clumped or tufted, 0.24–1 m tall, basal diameter 0.1–0.35 m, crown diameter 0.4–0.45 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons. Fertile culms unbranched, smooth or striate or finely warty or finely rugulose, olivaceous or speckled golden (one specimen has pinkish culms, lower portion. white speckles), 0.24–1 m tall, diameter at base 0.2–1 mm, diameter at apex 0.1–0.75 mm. Sheaths persistent, with no abscission line, closely convoluted, 10–25 mm long, tan to red-brown, or grey, variously speckled, apical margins coriaceous, like the rest of the body, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute or rounded. Sheath-mucro penicellate or awl- or needleshaped, straight and erect, 2–5 mm long, generally darker than culms. Males: male inflorescence with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets, racemose, 10–150 mm long, 5–8 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes caducous, as tall as spikelets or taller than spikelets, chartaceous. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, oblong or ovate, apex rounded, 5–15 mm, 4–6 mm, with 15–30 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile. Male bracts taller than flowers, 4–10 mm long, oblong or ovate, acuminate, lax, hyaline or membranous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent, pale and protrusive from the spikelets. Male flower 1.5–3 mm long. Male tepals sepals and petals the same rigidity, cartilaginous, ovate, inner tepals longer than outer tepals. Male outer lateral tepals keeled or winged, glabrous. Anthers 1–2 mm long, included in the flowers. Pistillode absent. Females: female inflorescence linear or racemose, 10–45 mm long, 4–8 mm wide, with 2–5 spikelets. Female spathes as long as the spikelets or longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet, persistent, cartilaginous. Female spikelet sessile, elliptical, apex acute, 10–20 mm long, with 1 flowers, with 6–12 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers, erect, 8–20 mm long, oblong or ovate, acuminate, hyaline (margins) or cartilaginous (body), apical margin like rest of bract, paler than body of bract or same as body of bract ("bract body colour" missing. - brown to red brown, or pale. sometimes slightly speckled.), awn between half and as long as the bract body or longer than the bract body. Female flower 5.5–6.5 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals chartaceous or membranous, glabrous and smooth, smaller than nut and not obscuring the nut surface, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices acute or acuminate, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals like other tepals, 1.5–4 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong or ovate, 1.5–4 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong or ovate, 1.5–4 mm long. Staminodes absent. Styles plumose, 2. Style bases fused to form a pillar. Ovary with 1 locule, indehiscent. Fruit: indehiscent fruits with a hard woody ovary wall. Perianth presence on fruits persistent, membranous, shorter than nut. Nut cap with several rows of ridges (forming a pyramidical structure), wall smooth, (3.58–)4.17(–4.75) mm long, (2–)2.4(–2.67) mm diam., shape in side view elliptical or oblong, shape in top view round in cross section, brown or black. Elaiosome present or absent (some strange structure between the perianth and the nut), 0.8 mm long, less than half as long as nut.