(Skottsb.) Skottsb., Nat. Hist. Juan Fernandez 2: 775 (1953)
Perennials up to 35–40 cm tall, robust, densely hairy caespitose; rhizome short; stolons absent. Basal leaves usually 4–7 cm long, 4–9 mm wide, flat; cauline leaves 2 (–3), usually (3–) 5–7 cm long and 3.5–5.0 mm wide; all leaves acute, with papillose-serrulate margins. Lower bracts herbaceous, usually 2.5–6.0 cm long, exceeding inflorescence. Inflorescence erect to slightly bent, congested, compact, lobulate, or subdivided in 2–3 ovoid clusters and ±elongated, 2.0–3.5 (–4.0) cm long. Bracteoles ±ovate, membranous, 1.0–1.5 mm long, densely fimbriate-ciliate. Tepals ±equal, lanceolate, distinctly acuminate, 2.2–3.0 mm long, ±brown, ±glabrous to very sparsely ciliate. Stamens 3; anthers 0.3–0.6 mm long; filaments 0.5–0.6 mm long; style c. 0.3 mm long; stigmas 1.0–1.2 mm long. Capsule ±ovoid, subacute, castaneous brown; capsule segments 1.7–2.0 × c. 1.3 mm. Seeds ellipsoidal, brown, 1.0–1.1 mm long, 0.6–0.7 mm wide; appendage absent; base fibrillate.