Plants caespitose, rarely mat-forming. Rhizomes short or long. Culms simple or branching. Leaf sheaths closely convolute. Maleinflorescence of many small spherical to elliptical spikelets; spathes caducous. Malespikelets: bracts small, taller than florets, cartilaginous; anthers exserted at anthesis. Femaleinflorescence of (1-)several spikelets; spathes similar to sheaths, persistent. Femalespikelets: bracts bony, tightly convolute into spindle-shaped spikelets, with 2 or 3 bracts fertile; perianth segments 6, subequal, hyaline, small to minute; ovary 1-locular; styles 2, free to base, plumose, slightly longer to much longer than ovary. Fruit a shiny, adaxially flattened, black nutlet with an elaiosome.
Species +/- 7, mainly Western Cape, to Albany District in Eastern Cape.
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