Perennials, c. 10–25 cm tall, very loosely caespitose; rhizome long, creeping; stolons 1.2–1.5 mm in diam. Cataphylls 0–2, brown to pale brownish; basal leaves 2–5, 8–13 (–20) cm long, 1.2–2.5 mm wide; sheaths loose; auricles absent or scarious, subacute, 0.3–0.8 mm long; cauline leaves 2–4, with margins papillose. Lower bract narrow, leaf-like, to c. 5 cm long, shorter than or exceeding inflorescence. Inflorescence usually umbelloid, of (1–) 2–4 (–6) obconical to semiglobose 3–7-flowered clusters; peduncles to c. 3 cm long, distinctly papillose, sometimes abbreviated. Tepals ±broadly lanceolate, subequal; outer tepals slightly longer, 3.0–4.2 mm long, papillose. Stamens 6. Capsule trilocular, oblong-ovoid, c. 3.5–4.5 mm long, usually truncate to retuse, distinctly exceeding perianth. Seeds obliquely ovoid, apiculate, c. 0.4 × 0.2–0.25 mm, brown; outer seed-coat tight, distinctly reticulate; appendages absent. 2n = 38, fide S.Snogerup, Bot. Not. 116: 150 (1963).
Pacific coast of North America and adjacent area, from British Columbia to California. Two varieties are recognized. The differences between the two varieties usually are rather weakly correlated, and they may not deserve recognition at the varietal rank.