T: New South Wales, Southern Tablelands, Snubba Range, 14 km direct NE of Tumbarumba, 17 May 1976, L.A.S.Johnson 8274; holo: NSW; iso: CANB, CHR, K, MEL, NY.
Perennials, 50–140 cm tall, rhizomatous. Rhizome creeping, stout, covered with deep brown scales. Stems in dense rows, terete, 2–4 mm diam., ±hard, mid-green; pith finely interrupted; ridges 42–110, dense, not distinct. Cataphylls few; upper cataphylls 8–19 cm long, lax, abaxially dark yellow-brown and dull distally, orange-brown or dark red-brown and ±glossy at base, adaxially coppery to dark yellow-brown, dull. Lower bract 4–16 cm long, shorter than inflorescence or exceeding it by less than 1/3 of its length; sheath ±dilated. Inflorescence pseudolateral, 3–10 × 3–6 cm, diffuse or head-like; flowers numerous, loosely to densely clustered, usually in 1–5 main head-like agglomerations. Outer tepals 1.5–2.2 mm long, acute, longer than inner ones; inner tepals subobtuse; all stramineous-brown, often with darker bands; margins membranous, broad on inner tepals, narrow on outer ones. Stamens 3; anthers 0.4–0.7 mm long, longer than or equalling c. 0.5–0.6 mm filaments; style c. 0.1 mm long; stigmas to 1 mm long. Capsule triseptate, ovoid to ellipsoid, c. 1.8–2.4 mm long, exceeding perianth, usually ±obtuse, not or shortly mucronate, dark golden brown, often red-brown at apex. Seeds 0.4–0.6 × c. 0.2 mm, apiculate, c. 12–15-striate, densely reticulate; appendages ±absent.