Skip to main content


Restio (family Restionaceae) A genus of rush-like, monocotyledonous (see MONOCOTYLEDON), perennial herbs in which the stems of the plants undertake assimilation. The leaves are reduced to sheaths on the stem. The flowers are small, regular, and dioecious, arranged in spikelets, often in a nodding inflorescence. If the perianth is developed it is composed of 2 series of dry, often hyaline, segments, and has 3 stamens. The male flowers often have a rudimentary ovary, and in the female flowers several staminodes may be present. The superior ovary is made up of 1–3 carpels with a similar number of locules and styles. The fruit is dry and nut-like, or a 3-sided capsule with many endospermic seeds. Restio species are present as components of grass and sedge communities which often experience seasonal waterlogging. There are 88 species, found in Australia and S. Africa, but with little overlap in the distribution of species between these 2 regions.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Restio." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . 21 Mar. 2019 <>.

"Restio." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . (March 21, 2019).

"Restio." A Dictionary of Plant Sciences. . Retrieved March 21, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.