T: China, Yunnan, Lijiang Prefecture, Yulong Shan, N of Camellia Temple, 3040 m, 11 Oct 1990; [anonymous: CLD] 1122; holo: E; iso: GH, PE, TI.
Perennials, 9.5–15 cm tall, caespitose; rhizomes short, curved. Cataphylls shining, to 3.5–5 cm long, striate, dull, brown, dark brown at base; apex truncate, mucronate. Vegetative shoots bearing a single erect leaf, usually to 15 cm long. Cauline leaf single; sheath short; auricles truncate, very short (c. 0.2 mm); blade exceeding inflorescence, c. 0.9 mm wide, canaliculate, bitubular, weakly septate, with septa not visible externally. Lower bract with filiform blade shorter than inflorescence. Inflorescence 4–8 cm long, anthelate, branched to 4 orders; branches slender, ascending; flowers replaced by 3.5–6 mm long cylindrical heads of spirally inserted bracts, with each bract subtending a plantlet; bracts 1.2–1.4 mm long, narrowly ovate, acute, keeled, chaffy, stramineous; plantlets composed of several scales with dark brown bases; upper scales bearing small green filiform blades. Fertile flower (only one developed in the material) with unequal tepals; outer tepals 4 × 1.4 mm, lanceolate, acute, concave, stramineous, with margins whitish-hyaline and midrib 3-veined; inner tepals 5 × 1.5 mm. Stamens 6; filaments c. 3.4 mm long; anthers not seen. Capsule 3.5 × 1.8 mm, narrowly ellipsoid, gradually tapered into beak c. 0.7 mm long, stramineous shining.