Perennials, c. 10–40 cm tall, loosely caespitose; rhizome creeping; stems usually slightly compressed. Cataphylls 0–3; blades ±completely suppressed; sub-basal leaves 1–4; cauline leaves 1–2, 5–25 cm long, 0.8–2.0 mm wide, ±flat, sometimes ±canaliculate, ±dark bluish green; auricles broadly obtuse, very short. Lower bract leaf-like, to c. 10 cm long, usually conspicuously longer than inflorescence; middle bracts to c. 3.5 mm long, scarious. Inflorescence lax or slightly contracted, 1.5–8 cm long, composite or decomposite, ±anthelate, c. 10–60-flowered; flowers borne singly. Bracteoles scarious-membranous, broadly ovate, subobtuse to obtuse, c. 1.0–1.3 mm long. Tepals ±equal, ovate, obtuse. Outer tepals slightly cucullate distally, 2.1–2.8 mm long; central band green, later stramineous-brown, bordered castaneous-brown. Inner tepals distally with broad membranous margins. Stamens 6; anthers c. 0.6–1.0 mm long, up to twice as long as 0.4–0.6 mm filaments; style 0.2–0.4 mm long; stigmas 1.0–1.5 mm long. Capsule trilocular to partially triseptate, subglobose to broadly ovoid, obtuse to ±truncate, shortly (0.1–0.3 mm) mucronate, 2.5–3.5 mm long, conspicuously (up to 2×) exceeding perianth, light brown to deep castaneous-brown, shiny. Seeds ±ovoid, apiculate, 0.35–0.50 × c. 0.3 mm, pale brown, longitudinally c. 11–13-striate, distinctly transversely reticulate; appendages absent. 2n = 44, fide S.Snogerup, Bot. Not. 116: 149 (1963); S.Snogerup, in Ö.Nilsson & S.Snogerup, Bot. Not. 124: 439 (1971); N.A.Harriman & D.Redmond, Rhodora 78: 728 (1976).