(Timb.-Lagr. & Jeanb.) P.Fourn., Quatre Fl. France : 146 (1946)
Plants (15–) 20–40 cm tall, forming loose stands; rhizome creeping, 2.5–4.5 mm in diam., sparsely branched, with short or up to 1.5 cm long nodes. Cataphylls 4–5, stramineous to castaneous and glossy abaxially; upper cataphylls with short awn-like blade. Stem terete, 1–2.5 mm thick; pith even in young stems arachnoid. Lower bract c. 4–10 cm long. Inflorescence usually contracted, mostly 6–10 (–19)-flowered; peduncles usually to 1 cm long. Bracteoles ovate, to 2 mm long, acute, castaneous at base. Tepals lanceolate; outer tepals slightly longer, 3–4 mm long, lanceolate, acute to acuminate; inner tepals subobtuse and mucronate to ±acute, 2.5–3.3 mm long, castaneous-brown with broad green central band and broad scarious to membranous margins. Anthers 0.7–1.3 mm long, 1.9–2.6× as long as 0.4–0.6 mm filaments; style 0.5–0.7 mm long; stigmas c. 1 mm long. Capsule c. 3 mm long.