T: Sikkim, Samiti Lake (Bungmoteng Chho), 4300 m, 21 Jul 1992, [Anonymous: ESIK] 572; holo: E; iso: K.
Perennials, 10–25 cm tall, densely caespitose; rhizome short-noded. Cataphylls numerous, dull, stramineous, darker at centre, paler at margins, minutely apiculate. Cauline leaf single, sub-basal, 5.5–12.5 cm long, shorter than stem, 2–3.5 mm in diam., suberect, glaucous, terete, hollow, constricted below the blunt apex, with few distant weak transverse septa not visible externally even when dry; sheath short, with minute auricles (less than 1 mm). Leaf-like bract on upper stem; sheath 3.5–5 cm long, tubular; apex with membranous subacute auricles to 2.2 mm long; blade bristle-like to 6.5 mm long. Non-flowering shoots with 1 leaf usually equalling stems and similar to stem leaf. Inflorescence a terminal c. (8–) 12–14-flowered capitulum to 2 cm in diam.; bracts forming an involucre-like structure, subequal, longest 15–22 × 7–8 mm, oblong-ovate, acute, dark reddish-brown, paler at margins. Flowers shortly (to 3 mm) pedicelled. Tepals subequal, cream; outer tepals 6.0–6.5 × 1.4–1.7 mm, oblong-lanceolate, subacute, keeled; inner tepals not keeled; anthers 2–3.4 mm long, narrowly oblong, pale yellow, exserted; filaments to c. 5–6 mm long, slightly shorter than tepals; ovary 2.5–3.0 × 1.2–1.9 mm, ellipsoid, abruptly contracted into 2.0–2.7 mm style; stigmas 1–1.5 mm long, stout, cream, erect. Capsule 4–4.5 × 2.5 mm, ellipsoid, golden brown; beak 1–1.5 mm long.