V.I.Krecz. & Gontsch. in V.L.Komarov (ed.), Fl. URSS 3: 628 (1935)
Perennials, c. 10–30 (–40) cm tall, loosely caespitose, pale greyish-green; rhizome long, creeping; internodes of variable length, sometimes abbreviated; stem stiff, erect, terete. Cataphylls 0–2, brownish, usually 2–5 cm long; basal leaves 2–4 (–6), reaching 1/3–2/3 of stem, c. 1.0–1.3 (–2.0) mm wide, ±flat to subcanaliculate; cauline leaves 0–1, inserted in lower half of stem; auricles obtuse, short c. 0.3–0.8 mm long, scarious to brownish-scarious. Lower bract leaf-like, c. 2–3 (–5) cm long, usually exceeding inflorescence. Inflorescence ±decomposite, subcontracted, to c. 2–3 cm long, with 2–5 short main branches, c. 10–35-flowered; flowers in loose 2–5 (–7)-flowered clusters. Bracteoles ovate, obtuse, c. 1.5–1.8 mm long, castaneous. Tepals ±equal, oblong-ovate, obtuse-rounded, c. 3.0–3.5 mm long; central band greenish, later stramineous-brown, bordered dark castaneous-brown; margins deep castaneous, with membranous margin almost absent. Stamens 6; anthers c. 1.3–1.6 mm long; filaments 0.4–0.5 mm long; style 0.8–1.0 mm long; stigmas to 2 mm long. Capsule trilocular, oblong-ovoid, gradually narrowing in a narrow truncate apex (acute in unripe capsules), c. 3.5–4.5 mm long, deep castaneous-brown, much exceeding perianth. Seeds ovoid-ellipsoid, c. 0.5 mm long, reticulate; appendages absent.