Sturdy dwarf shrublets, up to 100 mm high with woody stems and 3 or 4 leaf pairs per branch; roots fibrous. Leaves decussate, fused towards base, ascending, 3-angled, tapering, up to 30 mm long; epidermis smooth. Flowers solitary, terminal, shortly pedicellate, bracteate. Sepals 4, unequal. Petals free towards bases, white. Staminodes present. Nectary a series of small teeth in a continuous ring. Ovary with parietal placentas; stigmas 10, subulate. Fruit a 10-locular capsule of Lampranthus type, woody, top flat, expanding keels divergent, ending with a small stiff, aristate wing, covering membranes present, closing bodies 0. Seeds muricate. F lowering in summer. D istinguishing characters: compact shrublets with partially fused leaves; flowers solitary with short pedicels; fruit flat-topped, 10-locular.
Species 2. On quartzitic slopes in the vicinities of Ladismith and Laingsburg, Western Cape.