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. There is an excellent biogeographical account of Stokoe.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Pillans, Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 16: 231 (1928)
Vegetative parts: plants tangled or several much-Branched culms from base, 0.2–1 m tall, basal diameter 0.1–1 m, crown diameter 0.1–1 m. Fertile culms branching or much branched, finely rugulose or finely warty, olivaceous, 0.2–1 m tall, diameter at base 1–2.5 mm, diameter at apex 0.1–0.5 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted or loosely convoluted, 5–17 mm long, brown, sometimes quite papillose, apical margins narrowly membranous or broadly membranous, hyaline shoulders tall, acute, hyaline shoulder 0.3–0.6 of sheath body length, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acute. Sheath-mucro penicellate, straight and erect, 1.5–4 mm long. Males: male inflorescence with 1 spikelet or 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets, racemose, 5–50 mm long, 3–8 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, like the floral bracts or shorter than spikelets, coriaceous, margins often widely membranous. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, oblong or orbicular, apex rounded, 2.5–16 mm, 2.5–4 mm, with 4–20 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile. Male bracts as tall as flowers, 1.5–3.5 mm long, ovate, acute, margins shallowly toothed, chartaceous or cartilaginous, bract upper margin like body of bract or with honeycombed cells, which eventually decay (but then these not sharply distinct from the body of the bract), bract awn minute or absent, immensely variable, but always with a ciliate margin. Male flower 1.2–2.8 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, keel sparsely villous. Anthers 1–1.4 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Pistillode present. Females: female inflorescence racemose, 4–45 mm long, 2–8 mm wide, with 1 spikelet or 2–5 spikelets. Female spathes shorter than the spikelets, persistent, coriaceous. Female spikelet sessile, elliptical or ovate or obovate, apex rounded, 3–12 mm long, with 1–9 flowers, with 1–3 sterile bracts. Female bracts shorter than flowers or as tall as flowers, 1.5–4 mm long, oblong or ovate, acute, cartilaginous, apical margin with honeycombed cells, paler than body of bract, margins shallowly lacerated or toothed, awn minute or absent. Female flower 2–3.5 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals cartilaginous, glabrous and smooth or keels of lateral sepals sparsely villous, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices truncate (although tapering to the rounded tip), inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals conduplicate, 2.2–3.5 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong, 2.2–3.3 mm long. Female inner tepals ovate, 2–3 mm long. Staminodes present. Styles feathery, white, 3. Style bases free. Ovary with 2 locules, dehiscent. Fruit: seed 1.2 mm long, (0.88–)0.92(–0.96) mm in diameter, shape in side view obovate, shape in diameter triangular in cross section, tan, smooth.