T: USA, California, Inyo Co., Owens River Valley, 1891, F.V.Coville & F.Funston 1774; holo: US; iso: K.
Perennials, c. 20–55 cm tall, loosely caespitose; rhizome creeping, thicker, with internodes of variable length; sterile shoots present. Stem flat, c. 1.5–2.5 mm wide in the middle. Cataphylls (1–) 2, pale brownish to castaneous, loose, usually to 3–5 cm long. Basal leaves 2–4. Cauline leaves 2–3, usually 5–13 cm long, 1.8–3.0 mm wide; sheaths with narrow membranous margins; auricles usually absent, rarely present, short, to 0.2–0.4 mm long, scarious. Lower bract reduced, ±stramineous-greenish, c. 0.6–1.5 cm long, much shorter than inflorescence. Inflorescence decompound, anthelate, of 8–35 (–50) semiglobose to ±obovoid (2–) 4–12 (–20)-flowered heads c. 5–8 mm wide. Tepals ±equal, lanceolate, 2.8–4.1 mm long, acuminate with a subulate mucro, usually dark castaneous or castaneous with central band sometimes greenish; margins narrow, scarious. Stamens 6; anthers c. 1.0–1.5 mm long; filaments 0.4–0.6 (–0.7) mm long; style c. 1.0–1.3 mm long; stigmas c. 1.5–3.0 mm long. Capsule unilocular, ±oblong-ovoid, ±acute, mucronate, c. 2.5–3.0 mm long, castaneous-brown, ±equalling perianth. Seeds ±ovoid, apiculate, c. 0.5–0.6 × c. 0.3 mm, brown, reticulate; appendages absent.