An Afrikaans/ Dutch term, literally 'cover reed', for any reed, as opposed to grass, used for thatching, particularly in the Cape. This was more commonly restios, popularly Elegia tectorum, 'weeping thatch reed' or 'Cape thatching reed' or the now more popular commercially cultivated Thamnochortus insignis, although in the drier regions where there are proximate watercourses this might be the ubiquitous 'fluitjiesriet' or Phragmites australis.

(Walton, 1995: 124)