T: Campbell’s Island, 1200 ft, J.D.Hooker 1623; lecto: K, fide E.Edgar, in L.B.Moore & E.Edgar, Fl. New Zealand 2: 69 (1970); iso: BM, MEL s.n., NSW s.n., UPS.
Perennials, 1–5 (–12) cm tall, dwarf, loosely caespitose, turf-forming; rhizomes thin, c. 1 mm in diam., vertical and ascending, branched or many-headed; stolons ±absent. Leaves basal and sub-basal, ±flat to canaliculate, distally canaliculate to subinvolute, almost terete near apex, to 2–3 cm long, c. 0.5–0.9 mm wide near base; margins ±smooth and narrowly hyaline; apex ±obtuse to subobtuse, rarely minutely mucronate; sheaths loose, open, c. 4–8 mm long, with margins distinct, membranous; auricles absent. Bracts ±ovate, acuminate, pale castaneous-brown to brownish scarious, 2–6 mm long, shorter than or equalling inflorescence. Inflorescence terminal, c. 1 cm long, of a 2–10-flowered head; flowers on pedicels to c. 1.2 mm long. Tepals ±equal, 2.5–3.5 mm long, usually dark castaneous-brown, with a paler brownish-membranous border or unbordered, acute to acuminate; outer tepals ±lanceolate, carinate, 3-veined; inner tepals ovate-lanceolate. Stamens 3, rarely to 6; anthers 0.5–0.7 mm long; filaments 1.0–1.2 mm long; style c. 0.2 mm long; stigmas c. 0.6–0.8 mm long. Capsule narrow-ellipsoid, ±trilocular, subtrigonous, subabruptly narrowing into a short mucro, c. 2.8–3.1 mm long, golden brown to very dark red-brown, usually darker near apex, shorter than or equalling perianth. Seeds broadly ovoid, pale brown, 0.4–0.6 × 0.35 mm, distinctly transversely reticulate; appendages absent. Fig. 51.