The tufts of Eriocephalus africanus var. africanus leaves in picture can be seen to grow more leaves per tuft as the stems age. The youngest stem has only single leaves alternate or spiralling up the reddish stem, more being added over time as the stems thicken and become browner and darker.
The very short, pale and sparse hairiness on the banana- to club-shaped, cylindrical leaves require a magnifying glass for proper inspection (Vlok and Schutte-Vlok, 2010; iSpot).
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