T: Sikkim, Islumbo, C.B.Clarke; syn: S; Sikkim, Jongri, 15 Oct 1875, C.B.Clarke 25963; syn: UPS; Sikkim, Jongri, 15 Oct 1875, C.B.Clarke 25748; syn: BM; Sikkim, Yakla, C.B.Clarke; syn: K, W.
Perennials, loosely caespitose; stems distant, 10–26 cm tall; rhizome slender, creeping. Cauline leaves usually 2, inserted 1/3 and 1/2 way along stem, with up to 2 basal leaves (to 25 cm long) sometimes also present; blades filiform, evenly tapered to acute apex, deeply ridged, canaliculate, unitubular (±bitubular near apex), closely and regularly septate; septa usually visible at least when dry; upper leaf usually overtopping inflorescence, to 14 cm long, under 1 mm wide; auricles conspicuous, with free part 0.5–1.0 × 0.5 mm. Lowest bract ridged, extended into leaf-like erecto-patent point 1–2× length of capitulum. Inflorescence a single (occasionally 2 or 3) 3–15-flowered capitulum. Tepals ±unequal; outer tepals 4.2–6.4 mm long; inner tepals 4.7–7 mm long, narrowly lanceolate, acute, ridged, stramineous. Stamens 6; anthers partly exserted at anthesis, 1.9–3.5 mm long; filaments 2.9–6 mm long; ovary ellipsoid, 2.5–3.5 mm long, gradually tapered into style 1.8–3 mm long; stigmas erect, 1.0–1.5 mm long. Capsule widely ovoid- to ellipsoid-trigonous, golden-brown, shining, 4.9–5.8 × 3–3.5 mm, abruptly contracted; mucro 0.5–2.0 mm long. Seeds c. 0.8 mm long, or c. 2.2 mm long including two subequal appendages.