T: Slopes of Mt Field East (c. 42 404S, 146S404E), Tasmania, 17 Jan 1962, J.Vickery; holo: NSW 60681; iso: HO.
Perennials, 50–100 cm tall, densely caespitose; rhizome creeping, short. Stem leafless, (0.6–) 1.0–3.5 mm diam., hard, mid-green to bright green, not glaucous; ridges 30–50, mostly inconspicuous; epidermis cells on ridges ±radially enlarged; stomata superficial; subepidermal sclerenchyma strands present, forming radial lamellae; pith continuous, of astericiform cells. Cataphylls few; upper cataphylls 5–15 cm long, 5–13 mm wide, abaxially yellow-brown distally, deep castaneous, red-brown to dark red-brown towards base, ±not glossy or slightly so at base, adaxially coppery to golden brown; blade acicular c. 2–3 mm long. Lower bract 3–18 (–30) cm long, exceeding or shorter than inflorescence; sheath narrow. Inflorescence pseudolateral, 1.5–3 (–9) cm long; flowers numerous, most often of ±densely clustered pedunculate heads, or diffuse, or wholly subcontracted. Bracteoles ±oblong-ovate, to c. 1.5 mm long, scarious. Tepals ±lanceolate, stramineous-brown; outer tepals (1.9–) 2.4–3 mm long, longer than or equalling inner ones, carinate, narrowly bordered; inner tepals with broader membranous margins distally, subobtuse. Stamens 3; anthers c. 0.5 mm long; filaments c. 0.7 mm long; style c. 0.1 mm long; stigmas c. 0.5 mm long. Capsule triseptate, obovoid to ovoid, 2.4–2.6 mm long, exceeding perianth, obtuse to subacute, not or shortly mucronate, ±golden brown, shining. Seeds ovoid-ellipsoid, c. 0.5–0.6 × c. 0.2 mm, apiculate, pale brown, striate and reticulate; appendages absent. Fig. 138.