Perennials, 10–50 cm tall, caespitose; rhizome suberect, branched, short; stolons absent. Stems rigid. Cataphylls usually several; leaves basal (rarely one small leaf cauline), ±greyish-green, arcuate-spreading, subcoriaceous, canaliculate, 7–30 cm long, 1–2 mm wide, with distinct sclerenchyma on margins; sheaths dilated, tawny; auricles membranous to scarious, usually 0.2–0.4 mm long, obtuse. Lower bract c. 1–3 cm long, usually shorter than inflorescence. Inflorescence 3–10 cm long, 10–30 (–40)-flowered; flower pedicels c. 0.5–2 mm long. Bracteoles membranous, acute, 3.0–3.5 mm long. Tepals ±equal, lanceolate to narrowly ovate, c. 4.0–5.0 (–5.5) mm long, obtuse, pale brown; central band brown becoming dark brown; margins distinctly bordered stramineous-scarious. Stamens 6; anthers 1.5–2.0 mm long; filaments c. 0.5 mm long; style c. 0.2 mm long; stigmas to c. 2 mm long. Capsule trilocular, ovoid to broadly ellipsoid, obtuse, ±mucronate, c. 4–5 mm long, ±as long as perianth, tan to brown. Seeds obliquely ovoid, c. 0.6–0.8 mm long, c 0.4 mm wide, conspicuously striate longitudinally, less distinctly alveolate; appendages absent. 2n = 42, fide S.Snogerup, Bot. Not. 116: 148 (1963).