T: Ecuador, Azuay, Páramo de Soldados, 3700 m, 24 Oct 1984, S.Laegaard 53236; holo: AAU; iso: GB, K, NY, QCA, QCNE.
Perennials forming loose cushions up to 50 cm in diam. Individual plants consisting of ±regularly forked shoots 5–15 cm long; proximal parts covered with stramineous wilted leaves; distal part with 6–8 green leaves. Leaves 1–2 cm long, completely clasping one another by the sheaths; sheaths equalling blades or shorter, 1.0–2.5 mm wide, U-shaped in T.S., with margins scarious; auricles pointed or rounded, 1–3 mm long, papery; blade linear, terete, 0.5–1.0 mm wide; apex drawn out into a long pointed tip. Staminate flower pedicels 1.5–3.0 cm long; tepals linear-lanceolate, 5–8 mm long; stamens 2–6 mm long; gynoecium rudimentary, c. 1.5 mm long. Pistillate flower on pedicel c. 1 mm long; tepals linear-lanceolate 7–10 mm long; ovary ovoid, c. 1 × 0.5 mm long; style 4–6 mm long; stigmas 5–7 mm long. Fruit and seed unknown.