Chondropetalum Rottb.; Pillans: 297 (1928) in part; Pillans: 255 (1944); Pillans: 106 (1952).
Plants tightly caespitose. Rhizomes usually very short. Culms simple. Leafsheaths caducous. Maleinflorescence very similar to female. Malespikelets: florets sometimes smaller than female ones; pollen released inside perianth segments. Female inflorescence of many elongated, poorly defined spikelets clustered at several fertile nodes; spathellae and bracts taller than florets, hyaline and soon lacerate, persisting as hairs around maturing florets; spathes taller or smaller than spikelets, papery to cartilaginous. Female spikelets: perianth segments osseous, usually acute, backs all rounded, inner segments usually longer than outer ones; staminodes well developed; ovary 3-locular; styles 3, plumose. Fruit at least partly dehiscent.
Species +/- 10, Western Cape.
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