Description of the genus
Culms usually branching, bearing persistent leaf-sheaths. Male spikelets in panicles or spikes, usually many per inflorescence (less often solitary and terminal);
usually many florets per spikelet; each floret with a spathe or sheath at base; bracts many; perianth of 4-6 segments in 2 rows. Female inflorescence similar to or quite different from the male inflorescence, often with larger spikelets. Female spikelets with few-several bracts; perianth segments bony; ovary 1-3-locular; styles 3, plumose.
Fruit a capsule, (1-)2-3-seeded.
Worldwide: 88 species in tropical and S Africa; also Madagascar
Other sources of information about Restio:ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): RestioFlora Zambesiaca
web site: RestioGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for RestioIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): RestioKew Herbarium catalogue
: RestioKew Monocotyledon checklist
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Restio.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=310, retrieved 20 June 2013