Chondropetalum is going through a name change and may emerge as Elegia. Elegia comes from the Greek word elegos which means ‘song of lamentation’, as in the English word elegy. This may refer to the sound restios make while they are moving in the breeze. It contains 22 species of rushes and all of them are endemic to the Cape Province of South Africa. They are often used for thatching.
Name Derivation: from the Greek words 'chondros' meaning "wheat" or a "big grain of wheat" and 'petalum' meaning a "flower petal"
Chondropetalum is in the family Restionaceae.