Rhizome very short-noded, horizontal. Stems densely tufted, 30–80 cm long, 1.0–2.0 mm diam.; striations c. 20–50, hardly distinct in dry condition; pith loose, continuous. Cataphylls few, ±tight (sometimes ±lax), 8–16 cm long, abaxially stramineous for 1/2–3/4 of their length above, yellow-brown, castaneous or red-brown, slightly glossy at base. Lower bract 8–20 cm long; sheath narrow. Inflorescence 2–3 cm long; many-flowered; flowers ±solitary but on abbreviated peduncles. Bracteoles ovate, c. 1 mm long, acute, stramineous. Tepals ±equal, acuminate to acute, stramineous-brown, with ±broad membranous to scarious margins; outer tepals 1.9–2.2 mm long. Anthers 0.4–0.7 mm long, shorter than 0.9–1.0 mm filaments; style c. 0.1 mm long; stigmas 0.5–0.7 mm long. Capsule ±trilocular, usually slightly exceeding or equalling outer tepals, narrow-ellipsoid to ovoid, 2.2–2.7 mm long, subobtuse to truncate, pale to golden brown or dark golden brown, umbonulate. Seeds ovoid, 0.5–0.6 × c. 0.25 mm, pale brown, faintly reticulate.