Plants 20–50 cm tall. Leaves flat at the base, distally convolute to subterete; cauline leaves 1–2, in lower 1/3 of stem, c. 10–15 cm long, to c. 3–4 mm wide. Lower bract 3–10 cm long, usually longer than inflorescence. Inflorescence of 2–5 ±hemispherical (3–) 7–10 (–15)-flowered heads to 2.5 cm in diam.; peduncles of variable length. Capitulum bracts dark castaneous-brown. Tepals subequal, with outer ±longer, all ±acute, 5.5–7 mm long, dark castaneous-brown. Anthers 1.0–1.7 mm long; filaments 2–3 mm long; style c. 1.0–1.5 mm long; stigmas 2.0–2.5 mm long. Capsule 7.5–10 mm long, subobtuse to subacute, dark brown to deep castaneous-brown; mucro short, subconical. Seed appendages c. 0.9–1.5 mm long.