Perennial with annual aerial parts, This species is distinguished from other southern African representatives of subgenus Hypoporum mainly by its strongly scented, soft, fleshy, tuberous, pearly white or pink rhizome; by its narrowly Y-shaped lamina profile; and by its delicate, often profusely-branched inflorescence.
Perennial. Rhizome 2-4 mm thick, fleshy, white or pink, strongly scented; scales pink. Culms 0.25-0.75 mm tall, solitary or few, clustered, glabrous or glabrescent. Leaves 1-3 mm broad, glabrous or glabrescent; sheaths with truncate or concave, glabrescent to densely hirsute mouths. Inflorescence branched, delicate, 80-200 mm long. Glomerules 1-3-(4) per branch, sessile, of 1-6 spikelets. Bracts shorter than or exceeding the glomerules, with scabrid awn 1-10 mm long. Spikelets 2.5-5 mm long. Glumes 2.5-4.5 mm long, glabrous, shortly awned, pale red with darker red striae. Achene ovoid to subglobose, 1.5-1.8 x 1-1.5 mm, glabrous, smooth, tuberculate or trabeculate, even on the same plant, grey.
Perennial herb, up to 0.75 m high. Rhizome soft, fleshy, strongly scented, white or pink, tuberous, shrinking markedly soon after removal from soil. Inflorescence much branched, branches delicate. Lamina profile V-shaped. Glumes pale red with darker red striae.
Perennial herb, up to 0.75 m high. Rhizome soft, fleshy, strongly scented, white or pink, tuberous, shrinking markedly soon after removal from soil. Leaves with lamina profile V-shaped. Flowers: inflorescence much branched, branches delicate; glumes pale red with darker red striae; Nov.-Mar.
Widespread in seasonally boggy open areas and damp woodland in partial shade.
Seasonally boggy, open areas and damp woodland in partial shade.