Perennials (20–) 25–30 cm tall, loosely caespitose, bright green; rhizome branched, creeping-ascending; stolons usually ascending. Basal leaves usually to 10 cm long, 5–6 mm wide; cauline leaves 3–4, 2–6 cm long, 6–8 (–10) mm wide. All leaves with papillose-serrulate margins; tip acute. Lower bract herbaceous, to 2.5 cm long, conspicuously shorter than inflorescence; middle bracts brownish or purplish membranous, ciliate. Inflorescence loose, ±nodding to suberect, many-flowered, c. 8 × 6 cm; flowers borne singly or less often in 2-flowered clusters. Bracteoles membranous, often suffused castaneous, to 1.5 mm long. Tepals equal, glabrous, lanceolate, (2.5–) 2.7–3.0 (–3.5) mm long, acute, dark brown to castaneous brown. Stamens 6; anthers (1.0–) 1.2–1.5 (–1.6) mm long; filaments 0.4–0.6 mm long; style 0.5–1.0 mm long; stigmas 1.5–2.5 mm long. Capsule ovoid, acute-trigonous, dark castaneous-brown, exceeding perianth; capsule segments (2.8–) 3.0–3.5 (–3.8) × 1.8–2.0 mm, with a beak to 0.9 mm long. Seeds dark brown, ±ellipsoid, c. 1.5 mm long, c. 0.7 mm wide; appendage indistinct; base fibrillate. n=12 (2n=24); fide J.Pojar, Canad. J. Bot. 51: 625 (1973).