Elegia caespitosus Overview
The name Elegia is presumed to come from the Greek elegeia, a song of lamentation, and may be a reference to the rustling sound of the papery sheaths and bracts in the breeze. The genus Elegia is large and widespread geographically in the western and southern African Cape and occurs from near sea level to the top of the mountains. One of the most popular and widely grown members of this genus is E. capensis, with its whorls of long, leafy looking stems at each node of the tall stems. There are about 37 species in this genus.