Perennials 7–13 cm tall, densely caespitose, densely to sparsely hairy; rhizome short, vertical; stolons absent, plant base greyish straw-brown. Upper part of stem 0.3–0.4 mm in diam., arcuate. Basal leaves usually 3–5 cm long, ±flat to canaliculate, c. 2.0–3.0 (–3.5) mm wide, acute; margins subglabrous to densely ciliate, smooth or very remotely papillose. Cauline leaves (1–) 2, 1.5–3.5 cm long, c. 1.5 mm wide, acute. Lower bract (or uppermost leaf) usually slightly remote from inflorescence, brownish-membranous (or ±herbaceous), hairy, narrow, less than 2 cm long; upper bracts narrowly triangular to lanceolate or ovate-lanceolate, dark castaneous brown, paler above, c. 0.7–1.0 cm long. Inflorescence small, 1.0–1.5 × 0.7–0.9 cm, nodding, compact, dark castaneous brown, few-flowered. Bracteoles ±lanceolate to narrowly triangular, castaneous brown to membranous-brownish, paler near apex, usually 2.5–4.0 mm long. Tepals unequal; inner tepals 2.8–3.4 mm long; outer tepals 3.8–4.7 mm long, lacerate ciliate, dark castaneous brown (including bases of ciliae), lanceolate, acuminate, aristate (with a filiform tip). Stamens (0–2) 3; anthers 0.3–0.6 mm long; filaments 0.7–0.8 mm long; style c. 0.2 mm long; stigmas 1.0–1.2 mm long; gynoecium in some flowers rudimentary, but in most there are rudiments of 1 (–2) stamens. Capsule dark brown, ovoid to subglobular, subobtuse, shorter than perianth; capsule segments usually 2.0–2.3 × 1.1–1.2 mm. Seeds ellipsoidal, brown; seed-coat not distinct, 1.0–1.1 mm long, 0.6–0.7 mm wide; appendage yellowish, 0.10–0.15 mm long, fibrillate.