Plants c. 25–60 cm tall; rhizome vertical to oblique. Basal leaves usually 8–13 cm long, 3.5–6.0 mm wide; cauline leaves 3–4, 6–10 cm long, 2.0–4.5 mm wide. Lower bract usually 1.5–4.5 cm long, exceeding inflorescence. Inflorescence densely to loosely congested, 1.5–3 cm long, c. 1.0–1.5 cm wide, lobulate; clusters rarely 1–2 long pedunculate, 2–3–many elongated and 8–15-flowered, pale; basal cluster often remote or inserted on a long peduncle in the axil of upper cauline leaf. Tepals 2.5–3.7 mm long, pale straw-brown to (later) ±brown; margins broad, scarious. Anthers 0.6–1.0 mm long, equalling or longer than 0.5–0.6 mm long filaments; style 0.4–0.5 mm long; stigmas c. 1.3–1.8 mm long. Capsule ±obovoid, subobtuse, pale brownish; capsule segments c. 2.3–2.8 × 1.4–1.8 mm. Seeds ±ovoid, 1.0–1.2 mm long, 0.8–0.9 mm wide; appendage c. 0.5 mm long. 2n=24, fide H.Nordenskiöld, Hereditas 37: 338–339 (1951).