T: ‘Benghalia inferior’ [=error], N.Wallich 3480a; syn: B, n.v. [photo: E], BM, K, W [fragment and a drawing].
Perennials, 5–24 cm tall, with single slender stems from thin creeping, long-noded rhizomes. Cataphylls 1 or more, whitish-brown. Cauline leaves usually 2 (–3); lower leaf basal, filiform, acute, canaliculate, bitubular, to 10 cm long, c. 0.7 mm wide; upper leaf usually present; blade to 8 cm, sometimes overtopping inflorescence; sheath long, sometimes slightly inflated and brown-tinged; auricles conspicuous, oblong, obtuse, with free part 0.7–1.2 mm.long, usually brown. Lower bract developed into leaf-like point to 2.5 cm long. Inflorescence a single (2–) 4–11-flowered capitulum. Tepals cream-white to dirty white, narrowly lanceolate, subacute, equal, 4.0–5.8 (–6.5) mm long. Stamens 6; anthers very narrow, (1.7–) 2.2–3.3 mm long, exserted at maturity; filaments up to c. 5 mm long; ovary ellipsoid, 2.0–3.5 mm long; style 1.4–2.0 mm long; stigmas erect, (0.3–) 0.6–1.4 mm long. Capsule shortly stipitate, narrowly ellipsoid-trigonous, shorter than tepals, 2.6–4.0 mm long, tapered into 0.6–1.0 mm mucro. Seeds c. 0.6 mm long, or to 1.2 mm including two appendages.