T: Sikkim Himalaya, Lachen valley, 12000–14000 ft., J.D.Hooker; syn: K.
Perennials, 7–18 (–22) cm tall, usually loosely caespitose; rhizome creeping, usually short-noded, to c. 2.5 mm in diam., dark reddish brown. Stem base with golden-brown to reddish-brown remains of old leaf sheaths. Cataphylls brown to castaneous, shortly aristate. Cauline leaf single, unitubular, remotely septate with septa rarely visible externally, 4–24 cm long, c. 1–2 mm wide, subterete, channelled adaxially; apex obtuse, dark; auricles to 0.5 mm long, often brownish. Lower bract stout, erect, an apparent continuation of stem, exceeding inflorescence; base dilated. Inflorescence seemingly pseudolateral, usually of 2 unequally peduncled 2–5-flowered heads; flowers on short pedicels. Tepals subequal (slightly irregular in length), with outer often ±longer, 5.0–8.5 (–9.0) mm long, acute to mucronate, dark brown to blackish, tips and margins of inner tepals ±membranous. Stamens 6, ±not exserted; anthers (1.8–) 2.0–2.5 (–3.1) mm long; filaments 0.5–1.5 mm long; style 2–3 mm long; stigmas yellow-green, 3.0–5.5 mm long. Capsule narrowly ellipsoid-trigonous, subtriseptate, subobtuse, c. 5.5–6.2 × 2.5–3.0 mm, shortly rostrate, shorter than or ±equalling perianth, dark castaneous. Seeds ellipsoid, 0.5–0.9 × c. 0.25 mm, or c. 2.5 mm long including two subequal appendages.