Restio Rottb.; Pillans: 210 (1928) in part.
Plants caespitose or with spreading rhizomes. Culms simple, often with clusters of sterile branches at nodes. Leaf sheaths persistent, closely convolute, apical half usually lacerate. Maleinflorescence paniculate; spathes persistent, similar to sheaths; pedicels flattened. Malespikelets several, ovate, pendulous, 3-6-flowered; bracts cartilaginous, as long as florets; perianth segments 6, chartaceous to cartilaginous, subequal; stamens 3, anthers 1-locular, dehiscing inside perianth. Femaleinflorescence of many slender, stiffly erect spikelets or with 1 spikelet at apex of each branch. Femalespikelets with several bracts, apical 1(2) fertile; perianth segments 6, +/- subequal, bony to cartilaginous, outer ones longer and more slender, inner ones shorter and wider; staminodes 3; ovary 3-locular; styles 3; free, plumose, exserted from bracts at anthesis. Fruit a loculicidal capsule.
Species +/- 6, Western to Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.