Perennials, 20–100 cm tall, caespitose; rhizomes densely branched, ±horizontal, short. Cataphylls 1–3; leaves basal, 2–3 per stem, 5–30 cm long, green to yellowish green, ±flat, 0.5–1.0 mm wide; sheaths loose; auricles yellowish, coriaceous, broadly obtuse, short, c. 0.2–0.4 mm long. Lower bract leaf-like, c. 3–15 cm long, usually exceeding inflorescence. Inflorescence ±compact and few-flowered to ±lax, up to 80-flowered, c. 1.5–5 (–9) cm long; primary branches 1–5, arrangement ±anthelate. Bracteoles ovate, membranous, 1.3–2.0 mm long. Tepals subequal (outer ones slightly longer), c. 4–5 mm long, lanceolate, acuminate; central band greenish, bordered stramineous-brown; margins broad, membranous. Stamens 6, not exserted; anthers 0.6–1.0 mm long; filaments 0.8–1.2 mm long; style c. 0.2 mm long; stigmas 1.6–2.1 mm long. Capsule unilocular, ±ellipsoid, 2.9–3.6 mm long, narrowing into an obtuse to truncate and mucronate apex, tan, shorter than perianth. Seeds 0.4–0.65 × c. 0.20–0.25 mm, alveolate-reticulate; appendages indistinct. 2n = 80, fide N.A.Harriman & D.Redmond, Rhodora 78: 729 (1976); 2n = c. 84, fide R.E.Brooks, in R.E.Brooks & S.E.Clemants, Fl. North Amer. 22: 224 (2000).