remotus (L.) = scattered, not close together. In reference to the populations being isolated from each other, restricted to the summits of mountains.
WCM Protologue Reference:
Pillans, Trans. Roy. Soc. South Africa 29: 351 (1942)
Vegetative parts: plants tufted (Often almost hemi-spherical), 0.2–0.5 m tall, basal diameter 0.5–1 m, crown diameter 0.5–1 m, compact, without spreading rhizomes or stolons. Fertile culms unbranched, round (not compressed), solid or with a small central cavity, smooth (slightly pitted with white/transparent spots), olivaceous, 0.2–0.4 m tall, diameter at base 0.8–1.8 mm, diameter at apex 0.8–1 mm. Branch axil indumentum absent. Clusters of sterile branches at the nodes of the fertile branches absent. Sheaths more than 1 per culm, persistent, with no abscission line, closely convoluted, 25–35 mm long, margins entire, brown to grey, upper 1/3 in colour and texture similar to the lower 2/3, apical margins broadly chartaceous and soon decaying (top half of sheath decays and becomes lacerated), hyaline shoulders absent, apex, excluding the membranous lobes, acuminate. Sheath-mucro absent or penicellate, straight and erect or twisted, 2–4 mm long. Males: male inflorescence with 2–5 spikelets or 6–10 spikelets, paniculate, 20–30 mm long, 20–30 mm wide. Male inflorescence spathes persistent, shorter than spikelets, coriaceous or chartaceous, erect, standing above the pendulous spikelets. Male flowers in spikelets. Male spikelets pendulous on flexible pedicels (male and female spikelets look very similar), obovate or orbicular, all straight, apex rounded, 9–20 mm, 7–15 mm, with 20–30 flowers, pedicels as long as the spikelets, flattened. Male bracts taller than flowers or more than twice as tall as flowers, 4.5–8 mm long, ovate, acute, margins entire, chartaceous, bract upper margin membranous, thinner texture than the body, bract awn minute or absent, body dark, margins paler and often crisped. Male flower 3.5–4 mm long. Male tepals sepals more rigid than petals, chartaceous, petals chartaceous, linear or oblong, inner and outer tepals the same length. Male outer lateral tepals keeled or winged or conduplicate, glabrous. Anthers 2.25–3 mm long, included in the flowers. Pistillode present. Females: female inflorescence with 1 spikelet. Female spathes shorter than the spikelets or as long as the spikelets (sometimes longer), persistent, chartaceous or cartilaginous. Female spikelet sessile, oblong or ovate, apex rounded, 15–30 mm long, with 10–20 flowers, with 0 sterile bracts. Female bracts at least twice as long as flowers, 10–16 mm long, oblong or ovate, acute or acuminate, chartaceous, apical margin like rest of bract, same as body of bract, awn minute or absent. Female flower 2.5–3.5 mm long, without a fleshy pedicel, six tepals. Female tepals chartaceous or cartilaginous (tepals are cartilaginous at the base making it difficult to separate them in older flowers), glabrous and smooth, at least as tall as nut, wrapped around it and obscuring the surface, midrib flush with the tepal body, apices obtuse or acute, inner and outer whorls the same length or inner whorl shorter than outer. Female outer lateral tepals conduplicate, hidden by bracts, or bracts are shorter than flowers, 2.5–3.5 mm long. Female odd outer tepal oblong, 2.25–3 mm long. Female inner tepals oblong, 2–3.3 mm long. Staminodes absent. Styles flattened, white, 3. Style bases free. Ovary with 1 locule, indehiscent. Fruit: indehiscent fruits with a softer ovary wall. Perianth presence on fruits persistent, winged. Shape of winged dispersal unit oblong, narrower than long. Nut apex smooth, without a distinct cap, wall smooth, 2.4–4.2 mm long, 1.4–2.8 mm diam., shape in side view elliptical, shape in top view elliptical in cross section, brown. Elaiosome absent.