Perennials 10–40 cm tall, densely caespitose; rhizome short; stolons absent. Leaves with ±acicular tip and sparsely ciliate, with ±smooth margins. Lower bract herbaceous, exceeding inflorescence, 3–5 cm long. Inflorescence ±nodding, of (1–) 3–9 clusters congested into a lobate or pyramidal head up to 2–3 × 1.5 cm. Bracteoles ovate, entirely membranous, often castaneous at base, 1.5–2.0 mm long, ±entire or sparsely ciliate near apex. Tepals subequal, ±entire, usually with a dark castaneous brown midrib and broad whitish-membranous margins. Style 0.3–0.4 mm long; stigmas c. 1.0–1.2 mm long. Capsule subacute, equalling or ±exceeding perianth. Seeds 1.0–1.2 mm long, 0.6–0.7 mm wide; appendage indistinct, to 0.1 mm, fibrillate.