V.I.Krecz. & Gontsch. in V.L.Komarov (ed.), Fl. URSS 3: 625 (1935)
Annuals, 3–15 (–25) cm tall, caespitose, often densely fasciculate, usually many-stemmed, whitish green; stems ±erect. Leaves 2–4, sub-basal, c. 1–5 cm long, 0.2–0.5 (–1.0) mm wide, flat to canaliculate; leaf sheath auricles absent but often present in bracts. Bracteoles whitish scarious, 1.5–2.5 mm long. Inflorescence constitutes 1/4–2/3 of plant height; flowers borne singly in lower part; ultimate branches usually with 2–4 (–5)-flowered clusters. Flowers probably frequently cleistogamous. Tepals ±unequal. Outer tepals ±lanceolate, 3.5–5.0 (–6.0) mm long; central band narrow, ±pale green; margins broad, silvery-white. Inner tepals c. 3.5–5.0 mm long, ±subacute, less often obtuse, rarely distinctly acute. Stamens 6, to 2/3 as long as inner tepals; anthers 0.4–0.8 mm long; filaments c. 0.6–1.0 mm long; style 0.2–0.5 mm long; stigmas 0.5–1.0 mm long, recurved. Capsule ±ellipsoid, obtuse, c. 3.0–4.5 mm long, castaneous-brown, ±equalling inner tepals. Seeds narrowly ovoid to ovoid, 0.35–0.45 (–0.5) mm long, almost smooth, pale brown; appendages absent. 2n = 30, fide D.Podlech & A.Dieterle, Candollea 24: 193 (1969).