Perennials (15–) 20–35 (–45) cm tall, densely caespitose, sparsely hairy; rhizome short, vertical; stolons absent. Basal leaves ±flat, c. 3.5–6 (–9) cm long, of variable width, some usually 3.5–5.0 mm wide; cauline leaves 2–4, remote, c. 2–5 cm long, with lower ones often 3–4 mm wide and upper ones 2–3 mm wide, sometimes narrower (c. 1.0–1.5 mm wide). All leaves ±acute to subobtuse; margins densely papillose-serrulate. Lower bract sometimes remote, subherbaceous, very narrow, acute, c. 1–2 cm long, usually shorter than inflorescence; middle bracts conspicuous, membranous, whitish straw-brown, castaneous at base, lanceolate-aristate, usually 6–9 mm long. Inflorescence nodding (on arcuate upper part of stem), ±dense to inconspicuously interrupted at base, spike-like, usually 1.2–2.5 × c. 1 cm, of 2–7 few-flowered clusters. Bracteoles scarious, often brownish at base, ±ciliate, ovate-lanceolate, c. 2.5 mm long. Tepals subequal, glabrous, lanceolate, acuminate, usually 2.8–3.7 mm long, dark castaneous-brown, with narrow paler membranous margins. Stamens 6; anthers 0.9–1.2 mm long; filaments 0.3–0.4 mm long; style 0.6–0.9 mm long; stigmas c. 1.1–1.7 mm long. Capsule ±ovoid, subacute, pale to dark castaneous-brown, ±exceeding perianth; capsule segments 2.5–3.0 × 1.9–2.2 mm. Seeds subglobular, pale to dark brown, 1.4–1.8 mm long, 1.1–1.3 mm wide; appendage yellowish, c. 0.2 mm long, fibrillate. 2n=24, fide R.Franzén, in A.Strid & Kit Tan, Mount. Fl. Greece 2: 742 (1991).