Perennials, 8–50 cm tall, loosely caespitose; rhizomes short creeping, sometimes densely branching and clustered, stout, knobbly, covered with fibrous remains of old leaves, bearing sterile rosettes and singly inserted stems. Cataphylls 1–3, reddish. Basal rosette leaves several, 3–15 cm long, c. 1.5–3.5 (–10) mm wide, flat, ridged beneath, grass-like, with narrow transparent margins; sheath 2–5 cm long; auricles ±absent. Cauline leaves usually 1–3; apex acute. Lower bract leaf-like, 2–6 cm long, 1.0–3.0 mm wide, shorter than to ±equalling inflorescence. Inflorescence of (1–) 2–5 unequally peduncled 3–6-flowered heads 0.5–1.5 cm wide; capitulum bracts linear-lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 3–5 mm long, 1.5–2.0 mm wide; sheath-like bract on peduncle membranous, lanceolate, 3–8 mm long. Flowers 0.6–1.0 cm long, 2–3 mm wide; pedicels 0.5–1.5 mm long. Tepals subequal or inner slightly longer, lanceolate, acute to acuminate, 4.4–6.5 mm long, 0.8–1.4 mm wide, brown; margins ±absent. Stamens 6, subequalling tepals; anthers linear-elliptic, 1.5–2.4 mm long, subequalling 2–3 mm filaments; style c. 2.0–3.5 mm long; stigmas 3.5–4.0 mm long, reddish; ovary ovoid-trigonous, 2.5–3 mm long, 9–1.2 mm wide. Capsule ellipsoid, ±abruptly contracted in slender rostrum to c. 3 mm long, 6–8 mm long, exceeding perianth, brown to castaneous-brown. Seeds ellipsoid, 0.5–0.7 mm long, or c. 3.4–3.7 mm long including appendages to c. 1.5 mm long.