T: Nepal, ‘in regione alpina Gosaingsthan’[Gosainkund], Jul 1818, N.Wallich; lecto: BM, left-hand plant with roots, designated here.
Perennials, 11–35 cm tall, caespitose; rhizomes very short, usually not creeping. Cataphylls usually 1–3, pale, chaffy. Cauline leaves up to 3, evenly spaced, 3.5–21 cm long, 0.8–2.5 (–3.2) mm wide; blade pluritubular, canaliculate above, V-shaped in T.S., not septate; tip obtuse; auricles conspicuous, with free parts 0.5–1 mm long, transparent or whitish-membranous. Lower bract leaf-like, equalling longest peduncle or sometimes exceeding inflorescence; capitulum bracts membranous, whitish-pinkish, usually 5–8 mm long. Inflorescence of (1–) 3–9 (–18) unequally peduncled 6–14 (–17)-flowered capitula 0.7–1.3 cm in diam. Tepals lanceolate, acute, unequal; outer tepals keeled below, 2.1–4 mm long; inner tepals longer, usually 3.5–5.2 mm long, shining, whitish or pale stramineous. Stamens 6; anthers 1–1.5 mm long, usually completely exserted at maturity; filaments 2.8–5.7 mm long; ovary 1.1–2.6 mm long; style 1.1–1.8 mm long; stigmas 0.7–1.1 mm long. Capsule narrowly ovoid-trigonous, 2.6–3.0 (–3.5) mm long, contracted into short beak 0.6–0.9 (–1.5) mm long, whitish. Seeds 0.6–0.7 mm long, or 0.7–1.2 mm long with two ±unequal appendages.