Perennials, densely caespitose and ciliate; stems usually 12–35 cm tall. Basal leaves 8–15 cm long, 4–5 mm wide; cauline leaves 2 (–3), 6–8 cm long, 3–4 mm wide; all leaves with obtuse tip and papillose-serrulate margins. Lower bract usually shorter, rarely longer than inflorescence, c. 1–2 (–4) cm long. Inflorescence composed of one subsessile and 3–5 (–7) pedunculate clusters; peduncles smooth, straight to flexuose, 2–4 (–7) cm long, usually without secondary branches; clusters hemispherical to subglobular, not dense, (2–) 4–6 (–8)-flowered. Bracteoles ±ovate, ciliate-fimbriate above, c. 1 mm long. Tepals ±equal, entire, c. 2.0–2.2 mm long; inner tepals ±obtuse and shortly mucronate; outer tepals ovate-lanceolate; all tepals with broad membranous margin above, and middle part brown to castaneous brown. Anthers 0.5–0.7 mm long; filaments 0.3–0.5 mm long; ovary c. 1.0–1.2 mm long; style 0.4–0.5 mm long; stigmas usually 1.5–2.0 mm long. Capsule oblong-ovoid, slightly trigonous above, usually substantially exceeding tepals, yellowish straw-brown to pale brownish; capsule segments 2.2–2.6 mm long. Seeds c. 1.0 mm long, 0.7–0.8 mm wide; appendage 0.4–0.5 (–0.7) mm long. 2n=12 [12AL], fide H.Nordenskiöld, Hereditas 42: 10–11 (1956); 2n=24, H.Nordenskiöld, pers. comm.