Perennials, c. 5–21 cm tall, loosely caespitose; rhizome creeping; internodes short. Basal leaves 3–4; cauline leaves 1–2, sometimes exceeding stem, to c. 20 cm long, flat, c. 1 mm wide; sheaths with scarious margins; auricles scarious, broadly obtuse, to c. 1 mm long. Lower bract narrow, leaf-like, 2–7 cm long, ±equalling inflorescence. Inflorescence loose, decomposite, (3–) 5–15 (–26)-flowered, with 1–3 main branches with loose unilateral cymes; flowers borne singly. Bracteoles scarious, c. 1.8–2.5 mm long, ovate, obtuse. Tepals ±equal, oblong-lanceolate, c. 3.1–4.0 mm long; apex acute to obtusely acute; central band prominent, greenish to stramineous; margins broad, scarious. Stamens 3; anthers 0.5–0.8 mm long; filaments 1.2–1.5 mm long; style to c. 0.3 mm long; stigmas to 1 mm long, brownish red. Capsule oblong-ovoid, to c. 3 mm long, obtuse, shiny, brownish, shorter than perianth. Seeds ±ellipsoid, c. 0.5 × 0.2 mm, deep castaneous, reticulate; appendages absent.