Turcz. ex C.A.Mey. in C.F.von Ledebour, Fl. Ross. 4: 230 (1853)
Perennials, (10–) 15–25 (–30) cm tall, loosely caespitose; rhizome creeping, ±long-noded, with brownish scales. Cataphylls absent or 1–2, greenish-brownish, to 3 cm long. Leaves basal and sub-basal, 1–3, ±canaliculate to flat, c. 4–15 cm long, 0.6–1.1 mm wide; sheaths greenish, with membranous margins; auricles subacute, scarious, to c. 0.5 mm long. Lower bract reduced, pale brownish, or leaf-like, to c. 2.5 cm long, ±equalling or exceeding inflorescence. Inflorescence depauperate, (1–) 3–7 (–12)-flowered, subcongested or with 1–2 branches to 1.5–2.0 cm long; flowers borne singly or in 2–5-flowered groups. Bracteoles broadly ovate, brownish-membranous, c. 1.5–2.0 mm long. subobtuse. Tepals ±unequal; outer tepals slightly longer, ±lanceolate, ±cucullate at apex, subacute, (3.2–) 3.5–4.0 (–4.5) mm long; inner tepals broadly lanceolate, with broad membranous margins, obtuse; central band pale brownish, on a dark castaneous to dark brown background. Stamens 6; anthers 1.2–1.7 mm long; filaments 0.3–0.4 mm long; style 1.0–1.3 mm long; stigmas c. 1.5–2.0 mm long, reddish, exserted. Capsule ±trilocular, usually triseptate in the middle part, oblong-ovoid, 3.5–4.5 mm long, subobtuse, mucronate, castaneous, ±equalling or slightly exceeding perianth. Seeds ovoid, c. 0.6–0.7 × 0.3–0.35 mm, pale brown, longitudinally striate, densely transversely reticulate; appendage 1, minute, to 0.1 mm.