V.I.Krecz. & Gontsch. in V.L.Komarov (ed.), Fl. URSS 3: 628 (1935)
Perennials, c. 30–60 cm tall, loosely caespitose to caespitose, grey-green; rhizome horizontal; internodes often abbreviated and stems tufted; stems rigid. Cataphylls 1–2, often persistent or as filamentous remains; basal leaves 3–5, to 30 cm long, flat, usually 1.5–3 mm wide; cauline leaves 1–2, to c. 12 cm long; sheaths ±loose, greenish-stramineous; margins scarious; auricles scarious, short. Lower bract leaf-like, c. 3–6 cm long, equalling or exceeding inflorescence. Inflorescence loose, c. 3–4 cm long, with 2–5 main branches, c. 10–30-flowered, with terminal unilateral cymes abbreviated, forming loose 2–3-flowered clusters. Bracteoles scarious or pale stramineous, subacute, c. 1.5 mm long. Tepals subequal, lanceolate to broadly lanceolate, c. 3.5–4.0 mm long, acute; central band pale greyish green, later stramineous and sometimes distally bordered castaneous; margins broad, scarious. Stamens 6; anthers 1.3–1.7 mm long; filaments c. 0.4–0.5 mm long. Capsule oblong-ovoid, c. 3.5 mm long, ±obtuse, distinctly mucronate, castaneous, usually subequalling perianth. Seeds ±ovoid, c. 0.5 mm long, castaneous; appendages absent.