Perennials, 2–17 cm tall, densely caespitose; rhizomes very short. Cataphylls 1 or more, apiculate, brown. Cauline leaf usually 1 (–3), sub-basal, with upper 2/3 of stem leafless; blade 0.2–5.0 cm long, to 0.8 mm wide, obtuse, canaliculate above and beneath, with up to 4 other shallower grooves, sometimes appearing bitubular in T.S.; auricles very short, with free part absent or c. 0.1 mm long. Lower bract ±equalling capitulum, or extended into aristate point to 3 cm long. Inflorescence 4–13-flowered, 0.7–1.0 (–1.4) cm diam.; pedicels short. Tepals narrowly lanceolate, ±equal, (3.0–) 3.5–3.9 (–4.5) mm long, ±white. Stamens 6; anthers finally completely exserted, 0.8–1.6 mm long; filaments elongating, c. 3–4 mm long; ovary ellipsoid, (0.9–) 2.2–2.8 mm long, abruptly contracted into exserted (0.9–) 1.3–1.8 (–2.8) mm style; stigmas up to 0.4 mm long, spreading or almost indistinct. Capsule castaneous, very shortly stipitate, narrowly ellipsoid, c. 3 mm long; mucro exserted, c. 0.8 mm long. Seeds brown, c. 0.3 mm wide, 0.5–0.7 mm long, or c. 0.9–1.1 mm including two appendages 0.1–0.2 mm long. Fig. 65.