Densely to loosely caespitose; rhizome short, with intravaginal stolons often present and above-ground stolons sometimes developed; stem 15–40 cm tall, erect to ascending. Cataphylls 1–3 (–4); cauline leaves 3–5, 5–15 cm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide; auricles 1.5–3 mm long, obtuse. Lower bract 0.5–2.5 cm long. Inflorescence usually to 5–7 cm long, of 3–20 semiglobose to subglobose 15–20-flowered heads; flower pedicels 0.3–1 mm long. Tepals ±equal, 3–4 × 0.7–0.9 mm, oblong-lanceolate, apiculate to acuminate, green to brownish, often suffused red; margins narrow, scarious. Anthers 0.8–1.2 mm long; filaments c. 0.4–0.6 mm long; style 0.5–1 mm long; stigmas c. 1.5 mm long. Capsule narrowly pyramidal to subprismatic, 4.5–5.0 mm long, conspicuously exceeding perianth, gradually narrowing into 0.5–1.2 mm rostrum, pale brown to castaneous-brown; seeds 0.4–0.5 × 0.2–0.3 mm, pale brownish.