Platycaulos

H.P.Linder
Source: 
SSA
Synonym(s): 
Restio Rottb.; Pillans: 210 (1928) in part.
Description: 
Plants forming rounded cushions, or more commonly tangled. Rhizomes 0 or short. Culms +/- compressed, branching. Leaf sheaths convolute, persistent, green, with a stout green apical mucro. Maleinflorescence spicate, with large spathes, small well-defined sessile spikelets and with most bracts fertile. Malespikelets: perianth cartilaginous, outer lateral segments conduplicate, carinate, villous on carina, all segments imbricate; anthers exserted from perianth at anthesis. Femaleinflorescence similar to male. Femalespikelets: florets somewhat larger than males; staminodes well developed; ovary 1-3-locular; styles 3, free, plumose, exserted from bracts at anthesis. Fruit a 2-locular, dehiscent capsule; seeds white with a fragile surface.
Distribution: 
Species +/- 8, W and SW Eastern Cape.
Classification: 

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Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith