Restio macer Kunth
  • Enum. Pl. 3: 390 (1841) 

Notes: Distribution: SW. Cape Prov.

General Description

Dioecious, tufted perennial, 0.08-0.5 m tall. Fertile culms ± branched, without woolly hair in axils, slender, smooth or roughly warty, sheaths tightly rolled around culm, greenish tan to reddish or orange-brown, ending abruptly in membranous lobes and a

stems cæspitose, 12–18 in. high, slender, erect, branching from below the middle; branches ascending, terete, yellowish, with white tubercles; sterile branches shorter, more branched; sheaths about 1/4 in. long, closely convolute, mucronate, coriaceous, membranous and lacerate above; mucro sometimes leafy; male Spikelets 4–9 in linear erect cymes; spathe oblong, mucronate, membranous at the margins, half as long as the spikelet; spikelet about 1/2 in. long, cylindric-lanceolate; bracts oblong, acute, mucronato-acuminate, coriaceous, membranous at the margins; flowers oblong; perianth-segments oblong, obtuse; lateral conduplicate, villous-keeled; inner similar, flattish, longer than the outer segments; anthers linear, apiculate; female Spikelets like the males; inner perianth-segments shorter than the outer; ovary rounded, 2-celled; style bifid; capsule ovoid, bilocular.


Deep sandy soils.


South Africa Clanwilliam Div.; near Groene River and Watervals River, 2500–3000 ft., {i}Drège{/i}, 2487, ♂! Tulbagh Div.; near Tulbagh Waterfall, {i}Ecklon and Zeyher{/i}, ♂! Worcester Div.; Dutoits Kloof, 3000–4000 ft., {i}Drège{/i}, 1631! Swellendam Div.; right bank of the Zonder Einde River, {i}Burchell{/i}, 7520, ♀!

Between Wallekraal and Kotzesrus to Bredasdorp.

South Africa Little Namaqualand; Kamies Bergen, {i}Drège{/i}, 2490!


Enum. iii. 390;—Steud. Synops. ii. 251; Mast. in Journ. Linn. Soc. viii. 235; DC. Monog. Phan. i. 251.

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa Southern Africa Cape Provinces


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

 Information From

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