Sam. in H.R.E.Handel-Mazzetti, Symb. Sin. 7: 1232 (1936)
T: Yunnan, zwischen Dschaoping und Boloti`n von Yungbei [Yongsheng], 2600–3000 m, 30 Jun 1914, H.Handel-Mazzetti 3359; holo: W.
Perennials, 10–38 cm tall, loosely caespitose; rhizome thin, creeping, 0.3–0.7 mm across. Stem erect, terete. Cataphylls 3–6, 1.6–4.0 cm long, stramineous, dull; basal leaves absent. Cauline leaf single, inserted in upper half of stem, terete, unitubular, usually exceeding stem, 10–21 cm long, 1.0–1.5 mm wide; sheath 1.0–3.0 cm long, grass-green; auricles very short, obtuse. Bracts 3–5, with lower one shorter than the flowers, lanceolate, 7–9 mm long, 3.4–4.3 mm wide, light brown. Inflorescence a terminal semiglobose, 5–20-flowered head 1.0–2.0 cm wide; flower bract lanceolate, 3.0–9.0 mm long, 0.7–4.3 mm wide, light brown. Flowers 6.5–9.5 mm long, 2.0–2.5 mm wide; pedicels 0.8–2.4 mm. Tepals ±equal, lanceolate, acute, 4.8–5.5 mm long, 1.2–1.5 mm wide, ivory-white. Stamens 6, long exserted, 7.3–8.7 mm long; anthers linear-elliptic, 2.5–2.8 mm long, ivory-white; filaments 4.8–6.0 mm long; style 2.3–3.5 mm long; stigmas 0.6–0.9 mm long; ovary obovoid-trigonous, 2.5–4.0 mm long, 1.0–1.4 mm wide. Seed unknown.