Perennials, usually 12–25 (–55) cm tall, caepitose, sparsely to ±densely hairy; rhizome short; stolons absent. Basal leaves (5–) 6–8 (–12) cm long, 2.5–3.5 (–6) mm wide; cauline leaves 2, usually short, 1.5–3.0 cm long; all leaves acute, with margins distinctly papillose-serrulate. Lower bract membranous-brownish, rarely herbaceous, usually 1.5–2.0 cm long, ciliate, ±equalling inflorescence. Inflorescence usually congested as a single slightly nodding or ±suberect head c. 2 × 1.5 cm, of 5–6 clusters (usually 3–6-flowered); less often clusters distinct, ±interrupted, inflorescence about 5 cm long. Bracteoles scarious with straw-brown base, ovate, acuminate, fimbriate-ciliate, 1.5–2.0 mm long. Tepals ±equal, glabrous, lanceolate, c. 2.7–3.3 mm long, acuminate-aristate, pale castaneous brown below and on midrib, otherwise membranous to pale straw-brown. Stamens 6; anthers usually 0.6–0.9 mm long; filaments 0.4–0.5 mm long; style 0.3–0.4 mm long; stigmas 1.2–1.6 mm long. Capsule ovoid to subglobular, ±obtuse, castaneous brown, shining, equalling or shorter than perianth; capsule segments 2.4–3.0 × 1.5–2.1 mm. Seeds paler castaneous brown; seed-coat distinct, forming a yellowish apex, 1.2–1.5 mm long, (0.9–) 1.0–1.2 mm wide; appendage (0.1–) 0.2 mm long, fibrillate.