T: India, Khasia, J.D.Hooker & J.J.Thomson; syn: BM, K, W; Khasia, Lailankote, 5000 ft., 22 Oct 1886, C.B.Clarke; syn: W.
Perennials, 6–12 (–28) cm tall, slender caespitose; rhizome short; stolons absent. Cataphylls 1 or 2, pale, chaffy. Cauline leaf single, sub-basal; blade filiform with 3 or 4 deep grooves, to 10 cm long, 0.4–0.7 mm wide, Y- or X-shaped in T.S.; pith solid, not septate; auricles very short, 0.1(–0.6) mm long. Lower bract leaf-like, half length to equalling inflorescence. Inflorescence of (1–) 2 (–5) unequally peduncled 3 (–6)-flowered capitula 0.8–1.1 cm in diam.; secondary peduncle stiffly erect so capitula superposed. Tepals narrowly lanceolate, acute, subequal or with outer ones shorter (3.5–4.5 mm long) than inner ones (4–4.9 mm long), pale stramineous. Stamens 6; anthers (1.3–)1.7 mm long, exserted from tepals; filaments 4.0–4.5 mm long; stigmas 1–1.7 mm long. Capsule narrowly ellipsoid, tapered into persistent style, exceeding tepals, total length 4.9–5.7 mm, golden brown. Seeds 0.8–0.9 mm long, or 1.7 (–2.4) mm long including two unequal appendages.