Perennials, 25–45 cm tall, densely caespitose, without stolons; rhizome short; stems erect. Basal leaves densely to subsparsely ciliate, 1.7–2.2 mm wide; cauline leaves usually 1 or 2, with densely papillose-serrate margins; upper cauline leaves 5–7 cm long, 2.0–2.8 mm wide. Lower bract usually 2.0–4.0 cm long, shorter than inflorescence. Inflorescence with one subsessile and 1–6 pedunculate clusters; peduncles straight, smooth, usually without secondary branches; longest peduncles (including clusters) 2.0–9.5 cm long. Clusters ±cylindrical, 8–25-flowered; basal flowers of the pedunculate clusters often slightly remote. Bracteoles 1.6–1.9 mm long, ciliate or fimbriate-ciliate. Tepals pale brown; outer tepals ±equalling or slightly longer than inner ones, 2.4–2.8 mm long, subabruptly narrowing at the apex. Anthers 0.8–0.9 mm long; filaments c. 0.4 mm long; ovary 0.7–0.8 mm long; style 0.3–0.4 mm long; stigma early deciduous, 0.8–1.0 mm long. Capsules subacuminate, equalling or shorter than perianth; capsule segments 1.9–2.1 mm long. Seeds oblong-ovoid, c. 0.9 mm long, 0.6–0.7 mm wide; appendage 0.2–0.3 mm long. 2n=24 [probably 24BL], fide Virzo & Miggliaccio, Delpinoa 6–7: 81 (1965).