in = not, + conspicuus = visible, remarkable, striking. Referring to the inconspicuous appearance of the plants.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Esterh., Bothalia 15: 449 (1985)
Vegetative parts: plants clumped or single isolated shoots, 0.3–1 m tall, with stolons. Fertile culms sparingly branched or branching, smooth, olivaceous, 0.2–1 m tall, diameter at base 1.5–3 mm, diameter at apex 0.3–1 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted, 10–25 mm long, dark brown turning gray, apical margins narrowly membranous or broadly membranous, hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acuminate. Sheath-mucro awl- or needleshaped, straight and erect, 3–5 mm long, apex grades into the awn, and upper margins broadly membranous, not forming distinctive shoulders. Males: male inflorescence with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets, racemose, 20–70 mm long, 7–15 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, as tall as spikelets, coriaceous, partially enclosing the base of each spikelet. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, oblong or ovate or obovate, apex rounded, 9–18 mm, 4–8 mm, with 3–10 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile. Male bracts taller than flowers, 5–8 mm long, oblong or ovate, acute, cartilaginous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent (shortly piliferous). Male flower 3.2–3.8 mm long. Male tepals sepals more rigid than petals, cartilaginous, petals membranous, oblong, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals conduplicate, glabrous or keel sparsely villous. Anthers 1.4–1.5 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Pistillode present. Females: female inflorescence racemose, 20–60 mm long, 8–12 mm wide, with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets. Female spathes as long as the spikelets or longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet (but often largely wrapped around the spikelet), persistent, coriaceous. Female spikelet sessile, elliptical, apex acute, 10–18 mm long, with 2–4 flowers, with 0 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers or at least twice as long as flowers, 9–15 mm long, oblong or ovate, acute, cartilaginous, apical margin like rest of bract, same as body of bract, awn minute or absent. Female flower 4–6 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals cartilaginous, keels of lateral sepals sparsely villous, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices acute, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals conduplicate, 4–6 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong, 3.5–5.5 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong, 3.5–5 mm long. Staminodes present. Styles feathery, white, 3. Style bases free. Ovary with 1 locule, dehiscent. Fruit: seed (1.6–)1.78(–1.96) mm long, (1.04–)1.21(–1.32) mm in diameter, shape in side view elliptical, shape in diameter round in cross section or triangular in cross section, brown, colliculate (finely so).