verruca (L.) = a wart. Referring to the roughly warty culms.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Esterh., Bothalia 15: 462 (1985)
Vegetative parts: plants tufted or mat-Forming, 0.15–0.3 m tall, basal diameter 0.01–0.05 m, crown diameter 0.1–0.3 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons. Fertile culms sparingly branched or branching, roughly warty, olivaceous, 0.15–0.3 m tall, diameter at base 0.3–0.5 mm, diameter at apex 0.2–0.4 mm. Sheaths closely convoluted, 5–12 mm long, pale brown, finely tuberculate, apical margins narrowly membranous, hyaline shoulders tall, acute, hyaline shoulder 0.7–1.2 of sheath body length, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, obtuse or truncate. Sheath-mucro penicellate, straight and erect, 2–6 mm long, dominated by massive membranous apical lobes. Sterile branch leaf-sheath 1–2 mm long, hyaline shoulder 1–2 mm long, leaf-blade 3–6 mm long; leaf blade 0.3–0.4 mm wide. Males: male inflorescence with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets, racemose, 12–30 mm long, 2–5 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, shorter than spikelets, chartaceous, upper half of spathes membranous. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets erect on stiff pedicels or sessile, obtriangular, apex truncate, 5–8 mm, 2–4 mm, with 1–3 flowers, pedicels absent ie spikelets sessile. Male bracts taller than flowers, 2.5–4 mm long, oblong, acute, lax, chartaceous, bract upper margin membranous, thinner texture than the body, bract awn minute or absent, upper half of bracts membranous. Male flower 2–3 mm long. Male tepals sepals more rigid than petals, chartaceous or cartilaginous, petals membranous, oblong, inner tepals shorter than outer tepals. Male outer lateral tepals as other tepals, glabrous. Anthers 1–1.2 mm long, exserted from the flowers. Pistillode present. Females: female inflorescence racemose, 6–20 mm long, 3–5 mm wide, with 1 spikelet or 2–5 spikelets. Female spathes as long as the spikelets or longer than the spikelets, not obscuring spikelet, persistent, chartaceous. Female spikelet sessile, elliptical or obtriangular, apex truncate or rounded, 4–8 mm long, with 1–2 flowers, with 0–2 sterile bracts. Female bracts taller than flowers, 3.5–6 mm long, oblong or ovate, acute or acuminate, chartaceous, apical margin membranous, paler than body of bract, lax, exposing spikelet axis, awn minute or absent. Female flower 2.5–3.3 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel. Female tepals cartilaginous, glabrous and smooth, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices acute, inner and outer whorls the same length. Female outer lateral tepals conduplicate, 2.5–3.3 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong, 2.5–3.3 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong or ovate, 2.2–3.3 mm long. Staminodes present. Styles feathery, 3. Style bases free. Ovary with 2 locules, dehiscent. Fruit: seed 1.2–1.7 mm long, 0.6–0.9 mm in diameter, shape in side view oblong, shape in diameter triangular in cross section or rectangular in cross section, brown or grey, colliculate.