Perennials, 5–30 cm tall; rhizome creeping, ascending, gradually changing in stem, rooting, branched, 0.7–1.5 mm in diam.; internodes to 3 cm, with scarious scale-leaves to 1.5 cm long. Cataphylls absent or 1–3, scarious, to 2 cm long, with blade to 3 mm long; cauline leaves 5–15, ±remote, 3–12 cm long, 1–7 mm wide, gradually changing to sheaths 0.5–3 cm long, with or without scarious margins; auricles absent. Lower bract leaf-like, to 9 cm long; floral bracts scarious, to 5 mm long. Inflorescence anthelate, of (1–) 5–40, (3–) 5–10-flowered heads on thin peduncles 0.2–0.3 mm in diam., proliferation sometimes present. Tepals ±equal, 2.2–4.0 (–5.0) mm long, linear to lanceolate, acuminate, green, later castaneous to light brown; margins scarious, narrow. Stamens 6; anthers 0.5–1.0 mm long, much shorter than 2 mm filaments; style c. 0.5 mm long; stigmas 1.5–2.0 mm long. Capsule 3-septate, ellipsoid-trigonous, 2.0–3.5 mm long, 1.0–1.5 mm wide, ±equalling perianth, thin-walled. Seeds ellipsoid, apiculate, c. 0.4 × 0.2 mm, reticulate, castaneous; appendages absent.