Willdenowia Thunb.: 5 (1788) in part.
Plants caespitose or with spreading rhizomes. Rhizomes generally well developed. Culms simple. Leaf sheaths tightly convolute, persistent, upper margins finely lacerated. Maleinflorescence with many paniculate florets not arranged in spikelets; spathes soon caducous. Male spikelets: bracts and perianth segments chartaceous, equal, white; anthers exserted at anthesis. Femaleinflorescence with large spathes partially obscuring clusters of female spikelets at fertile nodes. Femalespikelets: bracts chartaceous, all except topmost one sterile; perianth segments small, hyaline, equal; staminodes 0; ovary 1-locular; styles 2, plumose, +/- as long as ovary. Fruit a large, woody nutlet, without elaiosome.
Species +/- 6; Western Cape.