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Perennial herbs with short woody rhizome. Leaves basal and cauline, linear, broad, coriaceous; Inflorescence paniculate, loose, consisting of 5-10 distant fascicles of partial panicles. Stamens 3;


Africa: Seychelles (Seychelles present), Asia-Tropical, Madagascar present, Mascarenes present, New Caledonia present, S. Africa present
In the circumscription of KÜKENTHAL the genus comprises about 20 spp., 2 of them in S. Africa, 10 in Madagascar, the Mascarenes and the Seychelles, 9 in New Caledonia, and 1 in Malesia.


KÜKENTHAL divided the genus into 3 subgenera, of which in Malesia only subg. Lophoschoenus (STAPF) KÜK.


KÜK. 1939: pp. 13-76. – In: Fedde, Rep. 46
PFEIFF. 1927 – In: Fedde, Rep. 23. p 343
Clarke 1898 – In: Thiselt.-Dyer, Fl. Cap. 7. p 274
Clarke 1908 – In: Kew Bull. p 125