Perennials 15–30 (–55) cmtall, loosely caespitose, sparsely hairy; rhizome short or ascending; stolons absent. Basal leaves 4–8 (–17) cm long, 3–4 mm wide; cauline leaves 1 or 2, usually 3–7 cm long; all leaves ±acute, with papillose-serrulate margins. Bracts erect to erecto-patent, 1.5–2.5 (–4.0) cm long, equalling or overtopping their partial inflorescence, with lower bracts herbaceous and upper ones scarious. Inflorescence erect, rarely slightly nodding, interrupted, 2.5–6 cm long, of 3–6 (–10) clusters, with lower clusters pedunculate and upper ones subsessile; all clusters elongated, narrow (c. 4 mm in diam.), cylindrical composed of subclusters, many-flowered. Bracteoles c. 1 mm long, ovate, sparsely ciliate, scarious. Tepals ±lanceolate, subequal, glabrous; outer tepals acuminate, subaristate; inner tepals ±mucronate, 1.7–2.0 (–2.3) mm long; base castaneous; margin paler or membranous. Stamens 3 or 4–6; anthers 0.5–0.8 mm long; filaments 0.3–0.4 mm long; style 0.1–0.2 mm long; stigmas c. 1 mm long. Capsule ±ovoid, ±acute, deep brown; capsule segments 1.6–1.8 × 1.0–1.1 mm long. Seeds dark, ellipsoidal, 0.9–1.0 (–1.1) mm long, 0.6–0.7 mm wide; seed-coat not distinct; apex not distinct; appendage c. 0.05 mm long, fibrillate.