Buchenau, Proc. Linn. Soc. New South Wales 28: 913 (1904)
T: Australia, New South Wales, Cooma District, road from Nimitybelle [Nimmitabel] to Cooma, Dec 1896, J.H.Maiden; lecto: NSW6934, designated here by K.L.Wilson; iso: BRI.
Perennials, 20–55 cm tall, forming small dense tufts; rhizome creeping, very short-noded. Stem leafless, terete, 0.5–1.2 mm diam., hard, slender, grey-green to blue-green; ridges 10–20, broad, distinct; subepidermal sclerenchyma strands present; pith very finely interrupted, of astericiform cells. Cataphylls few; upper cataphylls 3–5 cm long, ±tight, abaxially dull stramineous-brown above, dark yellow-brown and slightly glossy at base, adaxially silvery to golden brown, slightly glossy. Lower bract 2.5–10 cm long, exceeding or rarely equalling inflorescence; sheath narrow to slightly dilated. Inflorescence pseudolateral, 0.5–1.5 (–3) cm long, usually head-like, sometimes diffuse; flowers numerous, densely clustered. Bracteoles ovate, to c. 1.3 mm long, scarious or often castaneous at base. Tepals lanceolate, 1.8–3 mm long, stramineous-brown, often red-tinged, with ±broad membranous margins; outer tepals acute, ±longer than or equalling inner ones; inner tepals sometimes subobtuse. Stamens 3 (–6); anthers 0.6–0.7 mm long; filaments c. 0.5 mm long; style c. 0.1 mm long; stigmas c. 0.3 mm long. Capsule triseptate, ellipsoid, 2–2.5 mm long, longer than or equalling perianth, obtuse, not or shortly mucronate, golden brown to red-brown near apex. Seeds ellipsoid, 0.4–0.45 × c. 0.2 mm, apiculate, c. 15–20-striate, densely reticulate, pale brown; appendages absent. Fig. 143.