Perennial from a stout creeping rhizome with firm, rough, grey-green leaves up to 1 cm. wide, erect stems to 1 m. high and a hemispherical white head up to 2 cm. across of coarse Mariscus-like spikelefcs subtended by spreading bracts; anthers large, yellow; montane savanna, conspicuous after burning.
Rhizome oblique, 4 by 1/8– 1/6 in., clothed by stout ovate acute striate pale brown scales 1/2– 2/3 in. long. Stem solitary on the rhizome, 4–12 in. long. Leaves often as long as the stem, 1/6 in. broad. Bracts and head as of C. compactus, Lam.
; montane savanna, conspicuous after burning.
Angola Huilla; on dry hills near Lake Ivantala, 5000 ft., Welwitsch, 6838! Golungo Alto; Sobato de Bumba, Welwitsch, 6813! marshy banks of the River Quiapoze, Welwitsch, 7014! Malange, Mechow, 182!
Nyasaland Mount Mlanji, Whyte! Mount Zomba, 3000–6000 ft., Whyte! Mount Malosa, 4000–6000 ft., Whyte!
Congo Kimuenza, Gillet, 1740!
Ghana: Banda, Ashanti (Mar.) Morton GC 8634!
N. Nig.: Vom, Jos Plateau Dent Young 259! Bida, Bornu Dist. (June) Vaillant 876! Kakara, Mambila Plateau (Jan.) Hepper 1777! Mai Idoanu to Ngoroje, Mambila Plateau (Feb.) Latilo & Daramola FHI 34466! Vogel Peak, 5,500 ft. (Mar.) J. Hall 1084!
S. L.: Loma Mts. (Feb.–Aug.) Jaeger 6818! 9548! Gledhill 357! Morton SL 3641!
Congo Zenze, Laurent! Mukenge, Pogge, 1604! 1605! Mpala, Descamps, 10! Wba Kionde, Dupuis! Mission Caba, Zilmann, 14! and without precise locality, Dewèvre, 275!