Perennials, 15–33 cm tall, loosely caespitose; rhizomes slender, creeping. Cataphylls 1–2; cauline leaves 2–3 (–4), flat, grass-like, to 23 cm long, (1.8–) 3.0–4.5 (–5.2) mm wide, gradually tapered to acute apex, with upper one usually overtopping inflorescence; margins sometimes narrowly membranous, usually distinctly papillose in proximal part; papillae patent; veins conspicuous beneath; sheaths often reddish, without auricles. Lower bract erect, leaf-like, greatly exceeding inflorescence; middle bracts pale stramineous, equalling capitulum. Inflorescence apparently lateral of 1–4 unequally peduncled (2–) 4–12-flowered hemispheric capitula 0.9–2 cm in diam.; flowers ±erect, shortly pedicelled. Tepals lanceolate; outer tepals acute, 4.1–7.5 mm long with midrib usually greenish; inner tepals broader, usually longer, sometimes blunt, 4.9–7.5 mm long, pale stramineous. Stamens 6; anthers 1.8–2.5 mm long, usually at least partly exserted; filaments (3.4–) 4–6 mm long; ovary narrowly ovoid, inflated, gradually tapered into a 1.5–2 mm long style; ovary including style 6.5–9.5 mm long, stramineous; stigmas 0.3–1.5 mm long. Capsule usually sterile, narrowly ovoid, tapered into persistent style, long-exserted from tepals, total length to 1.2 cm, pale stramineous. Ripe seeds not seen; appendages present.