Pillans, N.S., Mr Neville Pillans was the specialist on African Restionaceae for a good 50 years, from 1920 till his death in 1964. He described numerous new species, and published the last comprehensive revision of the African Restionaceae, in 1928.
WCM Protologue Reference:
H.P.Linder, Bothalia 15: 457 (1985)
Vegetative parts: plants tufted, 0.3–0.5 m tall, basal diameter 0.05–0.2 m, crown diameter 0.2–0.4 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons. Fertile culms sparingly branched or branching, smooth or finely warty, olivaceous, 0.3–0.5 m tall, diameter at base 1.3–3 mm, diameter at apex 0.5–0.8 mm. Sheaths loosely convoluted, 5–15 mm long, dark brown, soon turning gray, apical margins coriaceous, like the rest of the body or narrowly membranous, hyaline shoulders membranous margins continuing behind awn, hyaline shoulder 0.1–0.2 of sheath body length, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, obtuse. Sheath-mucro penicellate, straight and erect, 1–1.5 mm long, ovate, obtuse, open sheaths. Males: male inflorescence with 2–5 spikelets, racemose, 8–35 mm long, 5–8 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, shorter than spikelets (sometimes almost as tall as spikelet), coriaceous, gray in colour. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, oblong or obovate, apex truncate, 5–10 mm, 3–5 mm, with 3–5 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile. Male bracts taller than flowers, 3–5.5 mm long, oblong, rounded (and quite navicular at the apex), cartilaginous, bract upper margin like body of bract, bract awn minute or absent, somewhat tapering to the apex, and quite concave. Male flower 2.5–4.5 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 1.2–1.7 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Pistillode present. Females: female inflorescence racemose, 15–35 mm long, 5–8 mm wide, with 2–5 spikelets. Female spathes shorter than the spikelets (but almost as tall as spikelets), persistent, coriaceous. Female spikelet sessile, oblong or obovate, apex truncate or rounded, 7–12 mm long, with 2–4 flowers, with 0 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers, 5–8 mm long, oblong, rounded or acute or apiculate (often navicular, sometimes with a small dorsal awn), cartilaginous, apical margin like rest of bract, same as body of bract, awn minute or absent. Female flower 2–3.3 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals cartilaginous, keels of lateral sepals sparsely villous, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices rounded, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals conduplicate, 2–3 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong, 2–3 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong, 2–3 mm long. Staminodes present. Styles feathery, 3. Style bases free. Ovary with 1 locule, dehiscent or indehiscent. Fruit: indehiscent fruits with a softer ovary wall. Perianth presence on fruits absent. Nut apex smooth, without a distinct cap, wall smooth, 1.5 mm long, 1.1 mm diam., shape in side view ovate, shape in top view round in cross section, brown, mode of seed release for nutted plants unknown. Elaiosome absent. Seed (1.6–)1.69(–1.8) mm long, (1–)1.05(–1.12) mm in diameter, shape in side view elliptical, shape in diameter round in cross section, brown, smooth.