T: New South Wales, Central Western Slopes, western slopes of Hervey Range, W of Bumberry Creek, 22 Feb 1975, L.A.S.Johnson & K.L.Wilson 8003; holo: NSW; iso: K.
Perennials, 20–90 cm tall, slender; rhizome short-noded, creeping, to c. 3–4 mm in diam.; stems in dense rows or groups. Stem leafless, terete, 1–2 (–3) mm diam., very soft, often flattened and splitting when dry, grey-green to blue-green; ridges 25–60, not very distinct; dorsal cells not enlarged; pith conspicuously interrupted, often reduced to thin septa-like plates, of astericiform cells. Cataphylls c. 2–4; upper cataphylls 3–13 cm long, ±tight, abaxially dull, stramineous to yellow distally, dark yellow-brown and ±dull at base, adaxially silvery to golden brown. Lower bract 3–20 cm long, shorter than to twice as long as inflorescence; sheath narrow. Inflorescence 7–19 cm long, diffuse; flowers numerous, solitary, widely separated. Bracteoles ±ovate, minute, c. 0.6–0.9 mm long, ±stramineous. Tepals lanceolate, acute to acuminate, stramineous-brown, often red-tinged, with ±broad membranous margins; outer tepals 2.5–3.5 mm long, longer than or equalling inner ones, with prominent central band. Stamens 3–6; anthers 0.5–0.9 mm long, equalling or longer than c. 0.5 mm filaments; style c. 0.1–0.2 mm long; stigmas to c. 1 mm long. Capsule triseptate, narrowly ovoid, c. 2.5–3.0 mm long, shorter than or equalling tepals, abruptly narrowing into obtuse apex, not or shortly mucronate, golden brown, shining. Seeds ellipsoid-ovoid, c. 0.3–0.4 × c. 0.2 mm, 16–20-striate, densely reticulate, pale brown; appendages absent.