Restio monanthos Mast.
  • J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 8: 238 (1865) 

Notes: Distribution: SW. Cape Prov.

General Description

Dioecious, tufted perennial, 0.17-0.7 m tall. Fertile culms branched, without woolly hair in axils, smooth or finely warty, sheaths tightly rolled around culm, maroon or light brown, often glossy. Male spikelets elliptical. Female spikelets obovate, mostl

stems 18 in. high, slender, terete, sparingly branched; branches puncticulate; sheaths closely convolute, coriaceous, mucronato-subulate; apex thinner, ferruginous; female Spikelets 6–8 in a linear cyme, subglobose, 1-flowered; bracts ovate-subulate, mucronate, coriaceous; apex membranous; outer perianth-segments rigid, oblong, acute; lateral conduplicate, villous-keeled; inner smaller, ovate, obtuse, ferruginous, slightly involute; ovary ovate-oblong, compressed 2-celled; style bifid; capsule 2-celled, longer than the persistent perianth.


Coastal and inland flats and slopes in seasonally moist sands.


Kamiesberg and Bokkeveld Mountains along W Coast through to Bredasdorp Mountains.

South Africa Little Namaqualand; between Buffels River and Pedros Kloof, 2000–3000 ft., {i}Drège{/i}, 2486, ♀!


in Journ. Linn. Soc. viii. 238;—Mast. in DC. Monog. Phan. i. 264.

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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