T: India, Tamil Nadu, Udagamandalam, Ooty, 7000 ft, 26 Mar 1870, C.B.Clarke 11286B; holo: W.
Perennials, 12–35 (–50) cm tall, loosely caespitose; rhizome long, ascending; stolons not seen. Basal leaves ±numerous, to 11 (–24) cm long, 3–6 (–7.5) mm wide; cauline leaves 2 (–3), 3–6.5 (–11) cm long, 1.8–3.5 (–5.0) mm wide, with margins ciliate to densely ciliate particularly near the sheath mouth, papillose-serrulate; apex obtuse. Lower bract leaf-like, c. 2–4.5 cm long, shorter than inflorescence. Inflorescence to 7 cm long, of 1–3 sessile and 4–22 (–33) pedunculate clusters; clusters small, ±ovoid, (3–) 6–8 (–11)-flowered, to 5 mm long and to 7 mm wide; peduncles smooth, with secondary branches almost always present, numerous, often distal (clusters sometimes subcongested on the distal part of primary branches). Bracteoles ±ovate, acuminate, to 1.5 mm long, entirely scarious or castaneous at base. Tepals ±equal or inner ones slightly shorter; outer tepals lanceolate, acuminate and distinctly aristate, 2.5–3.2 mm long; inner tepals acute to subobtuse, aristate-mucronate, 2.2–2.7 mm long, all straw-brown to brown, with broad paler or membranous margins. Stamens 6; anthers 0.4–0.6 (–0.9) mm long, as long as or longer than 0.5–0.6 mm filaments; style 0.4–0.7 (–0.9) mm long; stigmas 1.0–1.5 (–2.5) mm long. Capsule broadly ovoid, ±abruptly narrowed in a short mucro, smooth, pale brown to castaneous, shorter or conspicuously shorter than perianth; capsule segments 1.7–2.0 × c. 1.4 mm long. Seeds ±narrowly ovoid, c. 0.9–1.0 mm long, c. 0.7 mm wide; appendage whitish, to 0.1 mm long, distinctly fibrillate.