T: Tasmania, St. Patricks Plains, 27 Nov 1983, W.M.Curtis; holo: HO83807; iso: CANB, K n.v., NSW.
Perennials 6–25 (–50) cm tall, densely caespitose; rhizome short, stout; stolons absent. Basal leaves numerous; cauline leaves 1–2, c. 1.5–3.5 mm wide; margins papillose-serrulate, ciliate; apex obtuse, slightly swollen. Lower bract leaf-like, erect to suberect, exceeding inflorescence. Inflorescence congested, an angular-conical head 0.5–3 cm long, c. 5–16 mm wide, of subsessile spike-like clusters. Bracteoles ovate, scarious, pale brownish at base. Tepals subequal, (2.0–) 2.5–3.0 mm long; outer tepals acuminate; inner tepals acute or mucronate, pale brown to dark brown; margins distinct, broad, cream. Stamens 6, 0.75–1.0 mm long. Capsule ±equalling perianth, castaneous, with top densely papillose. Seeds broadly ellipsoid, c. 1.1 mm long, 0.8 mm wide; appendage c. 0.2–0.3 mm long.