Culms not dilated below the flower. Bracts 1–2, rounded to obtusely ovate (–acute), not completely sheathing culm, unpigmented, seldom brownish near the base, to 2 mm long (occasionally greatly reduced or lacking), rarely tepaloid to 5 mm long; pedicels to 0.3 mm long. Capsule usually 1–1.5 times tepal length, usually turning reddish at maturity. Seeds to 12 per row, 0.3–0.5 mm long, smooth or faintly reticulate. 2n = 32, fide B.J.Ertter, Mem. New York Bot. Gard. 39: 27 (1986).