Restio gossypinus Mast.
  • Beibl. Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 66: 3 (1900) 

Notes: Distribution: SW. Cape Prov.

General Description

Dioecious, tufted or tangled perennial, 200-400 mm tall. Fertile culms sparingly branched, with tufts of woolly hair in axils, slender, smooth or roughly warty, sheaths tightly rolled around culm, orange or reddish brown, often with a coppery sheen. Male


Light seeps and moist slopes in renosterveld.


Kamiesberg Mountains, Hantamsberg and Roggeveld Escarpment through to SW Cape and Swartberg Mountains.


  • 1 Govaerts, R. (2004). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-54382. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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Strelitzia 30
Strelitzia 30: Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region volume 2: The Extra Cape Flora. Edited by D.A. Snijman (2013)
WCS higher taxonomy
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