(Nees ex Buchenau) Adamson, J. S. African Bot. 8: 273 (1942)
Annuals, usually 7–11 (–17) cm tall, caespitose, yellowish green. Leaves basal, c. 3–9 cm long, ±flat, 0.5–2.5 mm wide; apex ±rugose and acute; base with membranous margins and often purplish central part; auricles absent. Stems ±smooth to scabrid. Lower (inflorescence) bract ±herbaceous, c. 1–3 cm long, ±equalling inflorescence or shorter; capitulum bracts linear-lanceolate, acute, ±equalling capitulum. Inflorescence of 1 sessile and 0–5 pedunculate heads; heads globose, echinate, usually 3–8 (–12)-flowered, 0.9–1.5 cm in diam. Peduncles scabrid, flowers on pedicels to 1 mm long. Tepals unequal to subequal, with outer longer, rigid, narrowly linear-triangular to linear-lanceolate, elongated-acuminate, carinate, slightly recurved near apex, 4.2–6.0 (–6.5) mm long, usually pale straw-brown with castaneous-brown tip and margins distally; margins ±translucent to stramineous; midrib pale straw-brown, scabrid. Stamens 6, much shorter than perianth; anthers (0.9–) 1.5–2.0 mm long; filaments (0.2–) 0.3–0.6 mm long; style (1.0–) 1.5–2.0 mm long; stigmas ±erect, (0.7–) 1.5–2.0 mm long. Capsule trigonous-ovoid, c. 2.5–3.0 mm long, including a beak to 0.5 mm long, subacute, straw-brown to castaneous-brown, much shorter than perianth. Seeds ±ovoid, c. 0.6–0.7 × 0.30–0.35 mm, apiculate at both ends, ±brown, distinctly transversely reticulate; appendages absent.