T: South Africa, Cape, Piketberg Range, Groene Vallei, J.F.Drège 8795 (see also the next name); syn: G, K, L, S. [The collection number was mistakenly interpreted as Sternbergsspruit by F.G.P.Buchenau, 1875.]
Annuals c. 5–25 (–35) cm tall, slender to robust, single-stemmed to caespitose. Leaves only basal, flat to ±folded, c. (4–) 8–14 (–21) cm long, (0.3–) 0.8–1.8 (–2.4) mm wide; base dilated; margins hyaline; apex acute; auricles absent. Lower bracts few, straw-membranous (rarely distally subherbaceous), with midrib distinct, ovate-lanceolate, (3.5–) 4.5–6.0 (–7.0) mm long, shorter than flower clusters. Inflorescence of usually 1–2 (–5) cup-shaped (1–) 2–7 (–10)-flowered pale stramineous clusters, with one sessile, and the others on erect, ±smooth peduncles to 3.5 cm lng. Tepals subequal or inner longer, c. (5.5–) 6.0–8.0 mm long; inner tepals ±subobtuse; outer tepals ±acute to ±mucronate; central band thicker, stramineous, scabrid to ±smooth; margins broad, yellowish membranous. Stamens 6, shorter than perianth; anthers c. (0.8–) 1.5–4.1 mm long, longer than 0.5–1.0 (–1.5) mm filaments; style 2.3–2.8 mm long; stigmas 0.8–2.0 mm long. Capsule narrowly oblong-trigonous, trilocular, ±obtuse above, submucronate, c. 3.5–4.5 mm long, ±castaneous-brown, shining, shorter than perianth. Seeds ±oblong-ovoid, apiculate, c. 0.4–0.5 mm long, c. 0.2–0.25 mm wide, pale brown to brown, with distinct transverse reticulation; appendages absent.