(Hook.) E.Mey. in C.F.von Ledebour, Fl. Ross. 4: 235 (1853)
Perennials, 10–40 cm tall, densely caespitose; rhizome very short-noded, sometimes with 2–3-leaved short-shoots. Stem leafless, terete, 0.5–1.5 mm in diam., greyish green, with 15–20 inconspicuous ridges; subepidermal sclerenchyma strands absent; pith of astericiform cells, initially continuous, later evanescent. Cataphylls 3–5, 2–6 cm long, tight, stramineous to pale brownish, abaxially ±glossy; uppermost cataphyll with a tiny blade 2–8 mm long. Lower bract erect, thin, c. 0.5–3.0 cm long, slightly shorter to conspicuously longer than inflorescence. Inflorescence pseudolateral, of 1–3 (–5) solitary flowers on 0.3–0.8 (–1.5) cm long peduncles. Bracteoles ovate, c. 2.5 mm long, castaneous at base; margins ±scarious. Tepals ±unequal with outer tepals slightly longer, 4–7 (–8) mm long, lanceolate, acuminate (inner ±acute), dark castaneous-brown to brown; central band greenish; margins ±membranous. Stamens 6; anthers c. 1.0–1.6 mm long; filaments 0.7–1.3 mm long; style c. 0.2 mm long; stigmas reddish, to 1.5 mm long. Capsule trilocular, trigonous oblong-ovoid, 4.5–8 × 1.8–2.2 mm, ±truncate (segments often ±emarginate), ±equalling to exceeding perianth, deep to dark castaneous-brown. Seeds ellipsoid, 0.5–0.6 × 0.2–0.3 mm, pale brown, striate; appendages 2, usually 0.5–1.0 mm long.