Perennials, 30–40 (–50) cm tall, sparsely hairy caespitose; rhizome short; stolons absent. Basal leaves to 20–22 cm long, to 6 mm wide; cauline leaves 1–2, to 15 cm long, to 6 mm wide; margins swollen, densely papillose-serrulate; apex subobtuse. Lower bract usually shorter than inflorescence. Inflorescence many-flowered, storied or not so, composed of (10–) 15–30 clusters; clusters turbinate (cup-shaped), few-flowered, (1–) 2–6-flowered; peduncles smooth, c. 4–8 cm long; secondary branches common, usually 2–3 per primary branch, c. 1–2 cm long. Tepals ±equal, narrowly lanceolate, 3.5–4.5 mm long, acuminate, subulate, pale castaneous to castaneous-brown. Anthers 1.2–1.6 mm long; filaments 0.3–0.6 (–0.8) mm long; style 1.5–1.8 mm long; stigmas 3.5–4.5 mm long. Capsule segments, pale brown, c. 2–6–2.8 × c. 1.8 mm. Seeds ±ovoid, to 1.4 mm long, c. 0.8–0.9 mm wide. 2n=28, fide C.J.F.Skottsberg, Ark. Bot. 3(4): 65 (1955) [a rather doubtful count].
Endemic in Molokai. 63: HAW.
63. HAWAII: Molokai, below Kamoku, J.F.Rock 6147 (K); Molokai, between head of Waikolu Valley and Kolekole cabin, 19 Feb 1948, F.Fagerlind & C.J.F.Skottsberg 6334b (S); Molokai, between head of Waikolu Valley and Kolekole cabin, 17 Feb 1948, F.Fagerlind & C.J.F.Skottsberg 6334 (S); Molokai, O.Degener 10309 (US); Molokai, Waikoku Valley, O.Degener 17578 (US).
Rocky slopes, grassy ridges.