Lowe, Hooker's J. Bot. Kew Gard. Misc. 8: 300 (1856)
Perennials, usually 40–80 cm tall, densely ciliate, loosely caespitose; rhizome creeping to ascending, long, often with dark fibrous cover; stolons ascending. Basal leaves few, up to 35–40 cm long, usually (6–) 8–11 mm wide; sheaths brown. Cauline leaves 3–5; upper leaves usually 5–8 cm long, 3–5 mm wide. All leaves with acuminate tip; margins ±smooth. Lower bracts ±herbaceous, 2–7 cm long; apex long acuminate, much shorter than inflorescence. Inflorescence decompound lax, with slightly drooping rich anthela to 15 cm long; branches smooth; terminal parts of inflorescence branches anthelate; terminal flower groups loose (1–4-flowered); peduncle visible and usually (0.5–) 1.5–5.0 (–8.0) mm long. Bracteoles linear-lanceolate, long acuminate, carinate, membranous to pale straw-brown, sparsely long ciliate, 3.5–5.5 mm long. Tepals linear-lanceolate, gradually tapering to long acuminate tip, equal to subequal, usually (5.0–) 5.5–6.5 mm long, pale straw-brown with membranous margins. Stamens 6; anthers 1.3–1.6 mm long; filaments c. 1.0 mm long; ovary 1.2–1.3 mm long; style 1.0–1.3 mm long; stigmas 1.5–2.8 mm long. Capsule pale brown, ±shining, ovoid, ±acuminate; mucro c. 0.3–0.5 mm long; capsule segments 2.8–3.0 × 1.6–1.9 mm. Seeds oblong-ovoid, dark brown, 1.3–1.4 mm long, 0.9–1.0 mm wide; appendage brownish, 0.1–0.2 mm long, fibrillate. 2n=12, fide N.Malheiros & A.Gardé, Agron. Lusit. 9: 76 (1947).