T: North Russia, ‘Litt. austr. ins. Kolguev’, F.J.Ruprecht; syn: LE, UPS, W; Norway, Finnmark, Kaafjord, M.Blytt in E.Fries [Herb. Norm. fasc. VIII] 70; syn: UPS, S.
Perennials c. 20–30 cm tall, subglabrous, caespitose, sometimes with short ascending vegetative shoots. Stem with several basal and 1–2 cauline flat leaves; basal leaves 5–10 cm × 3–5 mm; upper leaves up to 3–5 cm × 2–4 mm; leaf margins papillose-serrulate; leaf tip acute. Inflorescence a lax nodding ‘panicle’ of 10–30 flowers, c. 4 cm long and 3 cm wide; flowers borne singly, pedunculate, or in 2(–3)-flowered clusters. Lower bract 4–10 mm long. Bracteoles up to 2.0 mm long, fimbriate-ciliate near apex. Tepals equal, 2.0–2.8 mm long, ±acuminate, entire, ±brown. Stamens 6; anthers 0.4–0.6 mm long, ±equalling filaments; style up to 0.5 mm long; stigmas c. 1 mm long. Capsule ellipsoidal, ±subacuminate, ±exceeding tepals; capsule segments brown, 2.0–2.4 × 1.1–1.5 mm. Seeds narrowly ellipsoidal, 1.2–1.4 × c. 0.7 mm, dark castaneous brown, without appendage; base fibrillate. 2n=24 [BL], H.Nordenskiöld, Hereditas 37: 330–331 (1951).