Perennial herbs with short vertical rhizomes; roots emerging from lower part of rhizome; leaves distichous or spirally arranged, linear, basal, sheathing, without distinct petioles, dorsiventral, parallel-veined, glabrous; inflorescences and flowers densely woolly with branched hairs. Inflorescence a dense corymbose panicle with monochasial components; flowers bisexual, epigynous, small, covered with dense whitish hairs outside, pale mauve or purple inside; perianth with 6 equal tepals fused to a tube for their lower half; stamens 6, inner 3 slightly shorter than outer 3; filaments basally adnate to tepal tube; anthers dorsifixed, epipeltate, versatile, introrse; ovary inferior, syncarpous, trilocular, with septal nectaries and axile (marginal) placentation; style narrow, filiform; stigma small, capitate; ovules anatropous, 2 per locule, with micropyles facing downwards; fruit a I-seeded capsule; seeds shining black, with phytomelan in seed coat.
A single monotypic genus from South Africa.
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