Stem 20–50 cm long, 1.0–2.0 mm in diam.; striations c. 20–30, quite distinct; pith loose, continuous. Cataphylls 5–10 cm long, tight, abaxially more or less evenly red-brown to dark red-brown and glossy except for the most distal 1–2 cm; blade acicular, to 3 mm long. Lower inflorescence bract 7–15 cm long; sheath narrow. Inflorescence 2–4 cm long, lax, 12–many-flowered. Bracteoles ovate, c. 1.5–2 mm long, acuminate to mucronate, castaneous-brown. Tepals equal, 3.0–4.0 mm long, acuminate; central band prominent, greenish to stramineous-brown, with a broad darker red-brown band along each side; margins broad to narrow, membranous to scarious. Anthers 0.5–1.0 mm long, shorter than c. 1.0 mm filaments; style c. 0.3 mm long; stigmas 0.8-1.0 mm long. Capsule trilocular, sometimes imperfectly so, slightly shorter than or equalling outer tepals, obovoid to narrow-ellipsoid, c. 3.5 mm long, subobtuse, shortly mucronate (mucro c. 0.2 mm), very dark red-brown, shining. Seeds c. 0.6–0.65 × 0.3 mm, deep brown, apiculate, irregularly faintly reticulate.