T: India, Himachal Pradesh, Lahaul-Spiti Distr., Rhotang Pass, 4000 m, 27 Jul 1970, B.S.Aswal 10554; holo: CDRI, n.v.; iso: CAL.
Perennials, 1–28 cm tall, caespitose; rhizome thin, c. 1.5 mm in diam.; stoloniferous or short creeping. Stem erect, terete, 0.3–0.8 mm in diam. Cataphylls 1–2, pale brown, not shining. Basal and sub-basal leaf usually 1, rarely 2, unitubular, septate, terete, 0.8–9.0 cm long, 0.4–0.75 mm wide, grass-green; sheaths 2–10 mm long, brown. Leaves on sterile shoots 1–18 cm long, 0.25–0.70 mm wide; sheaths 2–10 mm long; auricles obtuse, to 1 mm long, brownish to membranous. Lower bract 0.4–2.8 cm long, 0.4–0.8 mm wide, grass-green. Inflorescence a single sessile pseudolateral head; flowers 1–3; capitulum bracts 2, longer than flowers; sheath-like bract absent. Flowers 0.3–1.4 cm long, 1.2–2.5 mm wide; pedicels to 0.6–2.5 mm long. Tepals ±equal, ovate-lanceolate, c. 3.5–6.5 mm long, 0.5–1.2 mm wide, acute, castaneous-brown. Stamens 6, shorter than perianth, 1.0–3.1 mm long; anthers longer than filaments, linear-ellipsoid, cream-yellow, 0.8–2.6 mm long; filaments 0.2–0.5 mm long; style 0.8–4.0 mm long; stigmas 0.9–4.0 mm long, red. Capsule unilocular, ovoid-trigonous, acuminate, 2.0–4.5 mm long, 0.4–2.0 mm wide. Seeds ellipsoid, apiculate, 0.5–0.8 mm long, 0.2–0.4 mm wide, brown; appendages minute or absent.