T: Sikkim, Prek Chhu Bridge below Bakhim, 2300 m, 27 Jul 1992, [anonymous: ESIK] 771; holo: E; iso: K.
Perennials, 32–40 cm tall, loosely caespitose; stoloniferous; stolons short, slender (under 1 mm diam.), dark brown, covered with remains of old cataphylls. Cataphyll single, 0.7–4 cm long; basal leaves lacking; cauline leaves 3–4, evenly spaced, flat, grass-like, longest 14–17 cm long, 2–3 mm wide; sheaths 2.5–4.0 cm, reddish-brown, lacking auricles. Non-flowering shoots 3-leaved; blades shorter than stems, grass-like, tapering gradually to acute apex; margins extremely narrowly hyaline, smooth; midrib prominent beneath. Lower bract shorter than inflorescence; blade bristle-like; sheathing base narrowly membranous. Inflorescence usually of a single anthela with 3 (–5) heads, appearing terminal; heads loose, 4–9-flowered, c. 1.5 cm in diam.. Tepals unequal; outer tepals 3.5–5.0 × 0.8–1.4 mm, narrowly lanceolate, acute, keeled, cream; inner tepals 4.0–5.3 × 0.9–1.0 mm, similar in shape, cream. Stamens 6; anthers exserted, 1.4–2.5 mm long, pale yellow, narrowly oblong; filaments exceeding tepals; ovary 5.0–6.5 mm long including style, 1.0–1.5 mm wide, stramineous, very narrowly ovoid, gradually tapered into beak-like style to 1.5 mm long; stigmas 0.5–1.0 mm long, ±spreading. Capsule c. 6.0 × 1.8 mm, very narrowly ovoid, stramineous, shining. Ripe seeds unknown; appendages present.